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"From one opportunity we saw the chance to fill two university needs," 
says Bill lies, director of VCU Alumni Activities. When the VCU Alumni 
Association Board made an agreement with First USA Bank to market an 
alumni credit card to association members, they knew it was a good deal — 

for any alumni who would get the 
card, and for the Association. The 
Board used the income from the 
credit card to buy and restore a 
brownstone at 924 West Franklin 
Street as our first VCU Alumni House 
on the Academic Campus. And now it 
turns out to be a good deal for VCU 
students, too. 

Even before construction began, 
alumni decided to use the House as 
the foundation of a new Merit 
Scholarship Campaign. The Alumni 
Association opened the doors of the 
House to the campaign by offering to 
recognize the generosity of major 
donors by naming rooms, and the 
house itself, in their honor. 

Linking the Alumni House to 
building scholarships was a natural 
for alumni, since many of them 
, ,, , , struggled to balance long work hours 

Dtg^ye must. A look bclnnd the scenes a, ^.j,^ ^^^^g^.^ ^^^^^^^ Bestselling 

Alumm House renoyaUons. Workers dug a ^^^^^^ p^^jj ^^\^^^^^ ■gSBA/H&S 
hole for the elc.-ator shaft. ^^^^11^^ „l wouldn't afford tO gotO 

school full time, SO I had a job as a night watchman. I remember coming to 
class straight from work, still in uniform — it used to make my classmates 
pretty nervous." With limited resources available for even the most gifted 
students, there often isn't any other way. 

Boost the Best 

"Scholarships are a priority at VCU," explains Marsha Shuler '74 '79MA/B, 
immediate past president of VCUAA. "The Association has been helping 
to recruit students for years, but until now merit scholarships have been 
limited. It's a logical extension of our role to help more top students 
choose VCU." 

Multiply; it's more fruitful — 

• VCUAA kicked off the campaign by pledging to match naming gifts 
dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000, creating a $1 million pool. 

• The VCU Foundation matched VCUAA's $1 million with a second 
million— $800,000 toward the endowment and $200,000 for scholarships 
right now. A lucky 13 students hold $50,000 in Merit Scholarships for the 
fall semester, 1999. 

• Deans of the Schools on the Academic Campus have accepted the 
challenge to raise a matching $1.8 million to create a $3.6 million Alumni 
Merit Scholarship Endowment. 

"We've been delighted with the response," says Jack Sims, director of 
the VCU Foundation. The prospect of seeing their gift multiplied through 
matches, and being recognized in the Alumni House brought fast action. 
Alumni like David Balducci and Dick Robertson '67BS/MC , vice president of 
Warner Brothers and chair of VCU's capital campaign, jumped at the 

"A great university has great students, and the purpose of the Alumni 
Merit Scholarship Challenge is to provide funds to recruit some of the best 
high school students in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic," says Robertson, for 
whom the Alumni will be named. 

Each School is working now to raise its share of the $1 .8 million chal- 
lenge. Kent Cox '78BS/B established the first award, the T. Kent Cox Merit 
Scholarship in Business, with a $10,000 pledge to be paid over four years. 



October - November 


4-U Mentorship Program 

Spring Open House- 


October 1-3 

Family Weekend 

February 22-29 

Vienna Escapade 

October 21-November 5 

*Watercolor Exhibit, 

March 6-10 

Dr. W. Baxter Perliinson 

Alumni Extern Program 

Jr. '70DDS 

MCV Alumni House 


Spring Call-a-thons to 

November 4-5 

Top Prospective Students 

7tii Annual Nursing 

Alumni Conference 

April 8 

Now We're CooMn' 


Founders Day 
Alumni Stars 

April 29 
Odyssey of the Mind 

November 6 

April 28-30 

*Art Auction 

Reunion Weekend— 

Dr. W. Baxter Peridnson Jr. 

MCV Campus 

Novpmhpr 20 

May 5-6 

Fall Open House- 

Reunion Weekend- 
Academic Campus 

November 29-0ecember1 
Exam Survival Kit 

May 13 




Commencement Breakfast 

December 4 



Graduation Reception 

Alumni College in 


January 3-7 

Alumni Extern Program 

July 13-26 

Danube Cruise 

January 22 


September 6-14 

VCU-George Mason 

Alumni College in Scotland 

With matching funds, his gift will create a $20,000 endowment that will 
support a $1,000 merit scholarship for a freshman in the School of Business. 

There's Room for You! 

Every alumnus, faculty member, and university staff person is eligible to 
establish an endowed, named merit scholarship for a particular school and 
have their gift matched dollar-for-dollar from Alumni Association funds. 
Here's how: 

• Gifts must be at least $10,000 and maybe paid over 2-5 years. 

• Gifts may be made by check, credit card (including monthly deductions) 
or stocks 

• Corporate matching gifts count as part of your gift 

• From 33%-44% may be deductible on your federal and state tax returns 

You will receive special recognition through 

• A scholarship permanently named in your honor or in the name of 
someone you wish to honor 

• The annual Student Scholar and Donor Dinner where you will celebrate 
with scholarship winners and other contributors 

• Recognition in a publication featuring endowed scholarship sponsors 

For more information, talk with Phillip Perdue at (804) 828-2047 or 


/Mumni Ashuciatiun Officers 



Marsha Shulcr '74BS 79MA/B 
Iminaiiati' Past Premkni 

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Kathleen Barrett 71 BS '73MS/B 





Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

Ojjkcr at Uirgc 

Chairs of School Alumni Boards 

Nontraditioruil Suulies Program 

Charles D. Massey '92BS/B 

School of Business 

Marie Tsuchiya '89PhD/E 

School of Education 

Board of Directors 

Term Expiring 2002 

Eleanor Rumae Foddrdl '82BS/B 

William Ginther '69BS '74MS/B 

Charles Greene "9865/8 

Carol Negus '63BFA 

Tenn Expiring 2001 

William Davis 74BS/H8iS/CPA '79MS/H8(S/CPA 

Katherine Mattes '90BA/H8i:S 

Term Ex-piring 2000 

Andrew Hulcher '84BS/B 

Richard Leatherman '79BGS/NTS '82MEd '87PhD/E 


Bruce Twyman 74BS/MC 

African American Alunmi Council 
Marilyn Campbell '81BS/MC 

Presiiientijil Appoijitee 
M. Kenneth Magill '63BS/B '69MS/E 


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We have to say again that unfortunately as publication and 
1' "vS postage costs rise — we add about 3,000 alumni every year at 
IjlS graduation — the Alumni Association cannot afford to 

continue sending Shafer Court Connections to all alumni. 
Our current mailing is nearly 60,000 for Academic Campus alumni. 
We still aim for a high quality magazine that reflects alumni pride, achievanent 
and talent. Savings from sending to fewer people would allow more design possibili- 
ties with fidl-color inside as well as on the ca\'ers. 

We've printed some ofyour suggestions on this page. VCU Alumni Association 
President, Hugh Keogh, outlines the Board's discussions so far and invites you 
again to respond. 

From the VCUAA President 

I hope you read the notice on the 
inside cover of the spring issue of 
Shafer Court Connections announc- 
ing the VCU Alumni Association's 
intention to look at ways to cut costs 
and improve the magazine. I have 
asked the editor to reprint the notice 
with this letter and invite you once 
again to respond. 

Several alumni have sent their 
solutions, and the Association's Board 
of Directors is beginning to consider 
alternatives. The two ideas under 
most serious consideration are: 

1 . Send the magazine to those who 
have shown a commitment to 
the Association and VCU by 
making it a benefit of member- 
ship in the Alumni Association. 
Besides all dues paying members, 
the magazine would also go to 
contributors who support VCU 
at a certain level, and to new 
graduates for a period after 
graduation to build a bond 

and encourage them to become 
members of the Association and 
supporters of VCU. 

2. Charge a nominal subscription 
fee which would which would 
probably cover several years 

in order to reduce renewal 

At the same time, we are develop- 
ing a more extensive website and 
would like to resume including the 
magazine's feature articles there. 

If you have comments on these 
proposals, or have another idea, 
please send them to us at VCU- or visit the website 
at Mail to 
us at P.O. Box 843044; Richmond, 
Virginia 23284-3044, or fax us at 
(804) 828-0878. 

We look forward to hearing 
from you. 


Hugh Keogh '81MS/MC 

President, VCU Alumni Association 

Please let me throw my two cents in 
regarding your column entitled 
"We're Changing." 

First of all, as a publisher I wish 
I had your problem! Circulation of 
100,000 growing by 4,000 every year, 
with very good demographics, they 
all have at least one degree. 

May I suggest one solution I am 
sure you are considering — pay your 
alumni dues and get the magazine, 
don't pay and you don't get it. For 
many alumni this is their main 
connection to the University, 1 think 
if they understand they'll lose it if 
they don't pay, then they'll pay. 
Including me. 

Jim Schepmoes '76BS/MC 

In regard to the recent "We're 
Changing" article in the last issue 
concerning how to cut publication 
costs, here are my ideas: 

Get the new Adcenter students to 
go after corporations to place ads in 
Shafer. The Adcenter students could 
also create the ad for the corporation. 

Start charging $8-$10 per year for 
subscriptions. Notre Dame asks for 
donations and they usually get more 
money by this means than if they 
charged a subscription rate. 

If the basketball team doesn't do 
any better next year, do away with the 
team and use the savings to fund 

Use some of the student activities 
fees. Isn't that how Social Security 
works? The yoimg pay for the 
old folks. 

Don Beville '75 BA/H8{S '97MS/MC 

I continue to read the alumni 
magazine; it continues to be well 
done, and is both interesting and 
informative. Sometimes I find the 
small articles most interesting. So it 
was with the Spring 1999 issue when I 
noticed a little piece about Barbara 
Ford moving to the Chicago Public 

The item startled me because the 
last time I saw Barbara mentioned in 
the magazine was about the time you 
ran an article about both of us, as she 
was elected to the Presidency of the 
American Library Association, and I 
was elected to the Presidency of the 
American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Now she's moved to Chicago 
and I'U be moving there very shortly 
myself. In October, I will move to 
Chicago as the newly appointed 
Maude Clark Professor and Chair of 
the Department of Pediatrics at 
Loyola University Stritch School of 
Medicine and Medical Director of the 
Ronald McDonald Children's 
Hospital in Maywood, Illinois. 

Keep up the good work with the 

Joseph Zanga, MD '74HS-Ped 

In our last issue, we erroneously 
reported the death of John Heifiier 
'88BS/H&S. He is alive and recently 
back from assignment in Bosnia. 

I spent 1998 working for the United 
Nations International Police Task 
Force in Bosnia. Our job was to 
monitor the law enforcement organi- 
zations in Bosnia, particularly their 
respect for human rights. 

Bosnia is an unusual place. I lived 
in a predominantly Serb town, 
though had daily contact with 
Bosniaks and Croats. My landlady 
was Croat. Even though an area might 
be primarily one ethnic group, others 
live there also. Furthermore, many 
people in Bosnia do not identify 
themselves as belonging to one group. 
A minor slip could cause very hard 
feelings — for example ordering 
Serbian beer in a primarily Croat area. 

For awhile, Bosnia had four types 
of money. Deutsch Marks were 
accepted almost everywhere and 
Bosnian and Yugoslav Dinar, and 
Croat Kuna in various areas. Later, 
everyone adopted the Convertible 

I have now returned to my 
regular job as a pohce officer with the 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police 
Department in Chariotte, NC. 


Turning to the back cover of the 
Spring 1999 issue of SCC was quite a 
shock. I lived on the second floor of 
that building with my roommate 
Malcokn Carpenter for the student 
year of 1958-59. 

Our bathroom window was the 
one directly over the entry and the 
large bechoom had the bay vrindow. 
The first floor was occupied by a 
famous "disc jockey radio announc- 
er" from downtown. I remember the 
dark stairwell entry very well. Like 
resourceful students everywhere we 
washed our dishes in the claw footed 
bathtub and cooked on a two burner 
electric hot plate that we placed on 
top of the toilet seat. The original gas 
lamp fixtures were in the place but the 
electric wiring had been run through 
the gas pipes and the gas lights had 
been wired for electric hghtbulbs. 

The toilet had a water tank up 
near the ceiling wdth a long chain for 
flushing. I remember the bathroom 
mirror was quite plush. We started 
the year with a small bar type refriger- 
ator that came with the unit, but over 
the term swapped it several times for 
increasing larger refiigerators as 
tenants moved out. We ended up 
with a sizable refrigerator. 

Great memories. RPI was good 
to me and I am proud to say I am 
from VCU. 

Regards and warm memories, 

This letter is in reference to Shafer 
Court Connections, "Visions Made 
Visible," Spring 1999, which displays 
the picture of 924 West Franklin St. 
Was this building the one that housed 
the School of Social Work and 
administrative offices in the 1950s? 
It looked familiar but again I recall 
three more buildings of this design 
and color in the area. 

Jane Lemberger Turner '55MSW 

Ed. Note: The Ginter House (former 
administration bidlding) at 901 West 
Franklin St. housed the School of Social 


New Provost 

One of the new faces on campus this 
fall is rapidly growing familiar. Dr. 
Roderick McDavis VCU's new {above), often walks with 
students and staff thronging the side- 
walks this fall. It's not surprising that 
he's a people person; his doctorate 
and research are in coimselor educa- 
tion, particularly counseling for 
ethnic minorities. 

McDavis was dean of the College 
of Education at the University of 
Florida 1994-99 and has long experi- 
ence in academic administration there 
and at the University of Arkansas at 
Fayetteville, as well as national profes- 
sional service. 

VCU president Dr. Eugene Irani 
describes McDavis as "a strong 
academic leader with a drive to create 
the best possible environment for 
student and facidty development and 
to continue promoting university- 
community partnerships." Retiring 
provost Dr. Grace Harris adds, "I 
have been impressed with Dr. 
McDavis's broad range of skills." 

McDavis is "delighted to join 
VCU. This University is built on a 
solid tradition of excellence, along 
with innovative approaches in 
teaching, research and service. This is 
an institution on the move, and I'm 
honored to help lead VCU in its next 

VCU on the Rampage 

To receive the latest in VCU Athletics 
news via email, contact listserv@lists. In the body of the email, 
your name. Every week, you will 
receive VCU Athletics results, the 
coming week's schedule, radio 
and television information, and 
player/coach profiles. Be sure to 
enter the weekly Between-the-Homs 
trivia contest 

New Graduate Director 

Dr. Roy l'icken.s joined VCU this 
summer as associate vice president 
for research and graduate studies. 
He comes to VCU from the National 
Institute on Drug Abuse where he 
was scientific director for NIDA's 
Intramural Research Program 1989- 
94. He's an international leader in 
behavioral pharmacology research. 
With appointments in psychiatry 
and psychology, he will continue his 
research into inherited vulnerability 
to addictions. 

Sports Backers 

VCJU is a player in the % million 
Sports Backers Stadium which 
opened in Augavt next to The 
Diamond in North Richmond. 'Ilic 
complex features an Olympic track 
and a championship ityccet field. It 
was begun five years ago a* a partner- 
ship of Mc-tropolitan Richmond 
Sports Backers, the City of Richmond, 
VCU and Virginia Union University. 
VCU and VUU track and field and 
VCU intercollegiate soccer are there 
this fall. 

Richmond lawyer Richard A. 
Hollander, a former member of the 
International Olympic Committee, 
was also a prime organizer on the 
Sports Backers Stadium. The track 
named for him was dedicated shortly 
after his death in August 


VCU's executive Fast-Track MBA 
students are pairing dieir marketing 
skills with a rapidly growing company 
in the Virginia Biotechnology 
Research Park next to VCU's MCV 
Campus. Hemodyne Inc. had devel- 
oped a new application of their break- 

Sports Roundup 

Women's Track and Field had an impressive outdoor season, as three women 
won individual titles at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champi- 
onships in April. Ecuadoran Maria Hena Calle won both the 1,500 
and 3,000-meter runs, while Claire KeUey won the 5,000 meters. 
Gabrielle DeShong was first in high jimip. Calle finished third 
overall in the NCAA championships 3,000-meter event earning her 
second All-America award of the year (the first for aoss-coimtry 
track). Calle is CAA Female Athlete of the Year. Calle, forced to sit 
out all of last season with injuries after a car hit her, also won the 
CAA's John H. Randolph Inspiration Award for her comeback 

VCU Baseball earned its second straight trip to the NCAA tour- 
nament this year, and finished with a record of 41-20. In the tour- 
nament the Rams lost to Southern California 10-0, then reboimd- 
ed to defeat Harvard 3-2 before falling to Pepperdine 12-5. VCU 
Golf won its fourth consecutive CAA golf tide with senior Donny 
Lee taking the individual conference aown. Junior Reg Millage, 
who won the Virginia State Intercollegiate title last fall, was named 
1999 CAA Player of the Year. Millage spent a week this season as a 
Canadian team member at the Four Nations team championship in 
Sydney, Australia. 

Men's Termis won its fourth straight CAA championship to 
earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Rams were 
defeated in the first roimd by rival Virginia Tech and finished the 
season 24tli nationally, witli a final record of 2 1-3. Jimior Daniel 
Andersson, from Sweden, was named a second team GTE 
Academic All- American. Women's Tennis finished wth a record of 
15-6, and third-place in the CAA tournament Sophomore Andrea 
Ondrisova of Slovakia took over No. I singles, finished the season 
vrith a 20-2 record, and was ranked 96th in the final women's 
singles poll. 

With an eye toward international recruiting, head women's 
basketball coach David Glass hired Lithuanian Aukse Stepona\idute Hams as 
his assistant. She has played for Soviet and Lithuanian national teams, has a 
good grasp of physical and tactical aspects of post play, and speaks Russian, 
Polish, Lithuanian and English. 

through product, a medical device 
that meaMires a patient't poA-tf 
bleeding riik. But the tmaO company 
lacked the revjurcei to imefbffte 
market potentiaL 

Kr^bert Skunda, praideiit of the 
Birnech Park, tuggHted vtoridngwith 
the MBA student}, who wiO apply 
their own expertise for a taneaa 
and then present recominendatiom. 
The crjUaboration broadem ftudents 
experience in another businot 6eld 
while expanding sales for Hemodyne. 

GREAT Grant 

Future social workers wiD get more 
in-practice experience with older 
members of society, thanks to a 
S50,000 grant from the New York- 
based John A. Hartford Foundatkm. 
The "Geriatric Rotational Education 
and Training Model, " or GREAT, b a 
yearlong planning process to support 
continuing education for 6eld 
instructors and inaease social work 
leadership in the field of gerontology. 
"Serving an older populatioo does 
require specialized knowkdge," said 
Jaclyn Miller, VCU's director of fieki 
instructioa "VVe need to educate 
social workers to sers-e oWer dients 
where they find them — in &niily 
service agencies, hospitals or in the 






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Engineering a Scliool 

"We fully expect to have major companies express strong 
interest in our gradiates," says the School of Engineering's 
new dean, Dr. Robert Mattauch. In May 2000, VCU will 
graduate its first class of engineers. Mattauch predicts that 
corporations with facilities in the Richmond area — includ- 
ing White Oak Semiconductor, Ethyl, Motorola and Philip 
Morris — ^will recruit students from the university's newest school. He also antic- 
ipates that odier companies vnth chemical processing, computer engineering, 
and automation divisions will court graduates. 

The Class of 2000 aheady has work (and looking-for-work) experience 
through the Practica Program for rising seniors. Students applied and inter- 
viewed for summer internships with NASA, Pratt & Whitney, White Oak and 
others. For instance, at the Richmond office of the German-based Weidmuller 
firm, Erin Henrietta helped design intrinsic safety boxes to avoid explosions in 
hazardous work areas. She earned her certification in hazard safety training as 
well as getting valuable work experience. 

Mattauch points out that the School's entire program is unique, because 
"the curricula have been designed by faculty and industry. And woven through- 
out the curricula are concepts of communication skills, knowledge of business 
practice, knowledge of manufacturing and imderstanding the dynamics of 
working in teams." 

"Engineering is about a better way of life for all humankind," continues 
Mattauch, and teamwork is critical to success. "Today's problems are so big, 
they have to be worked on by teams, sometimes international teams. The days of 
the individual engineer working alone on one problem are gone." To educate 
students about team dynamics, management consultants from Dupont assessed 
junior electrical engineering students using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. 
After individual results were explained by the DuPont experts, professors placed 
students with conflicting personalities in groups to work together on a project. 
"Fortunately, no one was killed," chuckles Mattauch, "but some relationships 
were strained." 

Team members must still be able to "engineer" and solve problems, 
however, and first year engineering students design and build a digitally con- 
trolled mobile robot in their first week at the School. "Today's students enter our 
program with tremendous computer skills, but they aren't tinkerers. So we give 
them those mechanical skills, teach them to solder and so on," explains the dean. 
"Then they begin to think in engineering terms." 

The School of Engineering emphasizes synthesis and creativit)^ students 
learn not just skills for today, but knowledge for a career in problem solving. 
Mattauch says, "We create a match between oiu curricula and the student's pro- 
fessional lifetime of work." 

What's Next? 

The School of Engineering currentiy enrolls 67 students in chemical engi- 
neering, 1 15 in electrical engineering, 45 in biomedical engineering, and 104 in 
mechanical engineering. A proposal for a graduate program is on the provost's 
desk. An architect is designing the School's next building, to house the biomed- 
ical engineering program (now at VCU's MCV Campus). The new building will 

expand facilities in biological sciences including biochip 

research at "CB3." 

^ CB3 

Biotech scholar and chemical engineering professor 
Anthony Guiseppi-Elie is leading the creation of a center 
for biotechnology research and development at the 
School of Engineering vrith connections to the Virginia 
Biotechnology Research Park and the regional biotech 

"CB3" — The Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors 
and Biochips — will aeate and perfect electronic sensors 
that recognize and mc.i^ure molecular activity and miao gene chips that process 
and transmit targeted DNA and RNA sequences to diagnose disease strains and 
genetic traits. "It's a marriage of life and technology," Guiseppi-Elie told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch, the next generation of tools for medical diagnostics, 
drug development and other applications. Costs for a fully-operating Center are 
estimated at $15 million per year. DuPont's Richmond office. Mosaic 
Technologies Inc. of Charlottesville and Virginia's Center for Innovative 
Technology have already donated resources to VCU biotech effiDrts. 


IVIars Attaci< 

"We will insti- 
tute a new form 
of distance 
surgery with new 
surgeons that we 
will train at 
VCU," said Dr. Ronald Merrell, 
VCU's new chair of surgery. Just how 
distant became clear when he 
explained, "We want to enable NASA 
to deliver health care in extended 
space flight." Weakened bone and 
muscle on extended missions can lead 
to injiuy, and Merrell adds, "we do 
worry about new diseases" from 
extraterrestrial life forms. (Fossilized 
bacteria was recenfly discovered on 

Merrell, who had been chair and 
chief of surgery at Yale, brought with 
him the Medical Informatia and 
Technology Applications Consortium 
(MITAC), originally a program for 
space medicine established between 
NASA and Yale's School of Medicine 
in 1997 imder his direction. 

MITAC will continue to develop 
and evaluate non-invasive medical 
technology including virtual reality 
instruments, robotics and various 
kinds of sensor-embedded clothing. 
Some of these devices were used to 
monitor climbers on Mt. Everest 

during a scientiiic expedition this past 
May. Yale researchers tested small 
piUs that measure core body tempera- 
ture and pulse, one of which was used 
to monitor Sen. John Gleim during 
his 1998 return to space. 

MITAC is also the telemedicine 
hub for the United States, a partner 
with seven other industrialized 
nations establishing telemedicine on a 
global scale. MTTAC's Experimental 
Telemedicine Laboratory at VCU 
links doctors to health-care providers 
in remote sites in Brazil, Ecuador, 
Greece, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine and 
other former Soviet Republics. VCU 
physicians recentiy used this technol- 
ogy to provide second opinions for 
people injiued in Kosovo. 

In a multimedia laboratory, 
faculty will explore and evaluate 3-D 
visualization for medical images and 
develop web-based teaching and 
distance learning technologies for 
clinical consultations and curriculimi. 
"The idea is for education not to be so 
elite," Merrell explains. "Now we can 
provide lectures to far-flimg places." 

Merrell chairs MIT AG's board, 
which includes a former astronaut 
and representatives from Yale, 
University of Maryland's East- West 
Space Science Center, Stanford 
University, VCU's School of 

With a Song in His Heart 

In 1949, Wayne Batty came to 
Richmond to join RPI's Music 
Department. Through fifty years, 
as chair from 1959-70, he has 
watched the department and its 
students grow — in nimibers and in 

Batty arrived intending to be a solo 
singer, but when a virus damaged his 
vocal chords, "I began to move into 
opera and choral direction." He 
directed RPI's choral groups and began 
and opera workshop which grew into 
VCU Opera Theatre, still producing a 
show every spring. And producing international talent — like Lisa Edwards- 
Burrs '84BM '95MM; Thomas Moser '67BM, veteran tenor of Vieima State 
Opera, Metropolitan Opera; Pamela Moore Armstrong '92BM, a rising 
soprano on the international circuit, and Tracy Welbom '89BM, 1998 Alumni 
Star of the School of the Arts, a talented tenor who has sung in Europe, Israel 
and Japan. Batty and others on the Music faculty, Welbom says, not only "gave 
us impeccable training in music, but 
really cared about us as people." 

It's been a long and active run — 
Batty performed in April as Frosch the 
jailer in Die Fledermaus — and the 
warm respect of his many students was 
obvious at a Reunion celebration 
honoring him. Batty and his vrife Jane 
beam in the photo. 

Thisymr Opera Tlieatre Gala November 20-21; under consideration Don 
Giovanni Apri/ 14, 16. Tickets and infommtion: 828- 1166. 


Engineering, the Virginia 
Biotechnology Research Park and 
Tyco-United States Surgical (^orp. 

MITAC will facilitate the 
movement of new technology to 
commercial production through the 
Virginia Biotechnology Research 


]ohn Ulmschneider is the new execu- 
tive director of University Library 
Services. He 
came to VCU 
from North 
Carolina State 
Libraries, where 
he was associate 
director for 
technology. He began his tenure there 
in 1986 as head of Library Systems. 
He has also been the systems hbrarian 
at the National Library of Medicine. 
"I'm excited and proud to join a 
library system with such an outstand- 
ing record in innovation and service," 
he says, pointing out nationally-rec- 
ognized initiatives like "My Librar/' 
(at VCU Libraries' website), VCU's 
leadership role in the Virtual Library 
of Virginia project, and "one of the 
world's outstanding health sciences 

As Uhnschneider begins, "One of 
our chief goals is to help VCU attract 
and retain students through a library 
that contributes to an exceptional 
undergraduate and graduate experi- 
ence — as a safe place for study and 
intellectual retreat, as a center of 
learning and campus culture, and as a 
comprehensive source of information 
for teaching and learning. Longer 
hours and access to our digital materi- 
als and services at any time and from 
anywhere are crucial to serving 
today's students, who often juggle 
demanding jobs or live at a distance." 
Ulmschneider is widely published 
in library and information science 
journals and speaks frequently at 
national and international library and 
education conferences. 

Banking on Bosnia 

Dr. Neil Murphy, professor of 
finance, is helping Bosnia- 
Herzegovina to rehabilitate the 
nation's banking and payment 
systems after the devastating war of 
the early '90s. Murphy went in 1997 
with the Worid Bank and again in 
1998, sponsored by U.SAID. "The 
Bosnians have done well in develop- 
ing a sound currency through their 
currency board arrangement" The 

next steps, he says, will be rccapital 
ization of existing banks that are 
solvent, closing or merging those that 
aren't, and establishing a credible 
deposit insurance program to gain 
citizen confidence. 

"These assignments are gratifying 
because the results have a positive 
impact on the long term living stan- 
dards of people who have suffered 
greatly." Murphy adds that what he's 
learning m\\ deepen his teaching, 
service and research at VCU. 

To Your Health 

In luly, the health professionals at 
VCU's MCV Hospitals were ranked 
among the best in the nation — again 
—by U.S. News & World Report. The 
Hospitals ranked in the top 50 in four 

Neurology and Neurosurgery, 33rd 

Orthopedics, 36th 

Respiratory Disorders, 37th 

Gastroenterology, 38th 

To assess the nation's 6,299 hospi- 
tals, the magazine randomly surveys 
150 medical practitioners in 16 special- 
izations, asking them to name the top 
five hospitals in their fields. U.S. News 
combines this result with measures 
of each hospital's mortality rate and 
health care. MCVH made the list in 
three categories last year. "To be 
ranked again as one of the best 
hospitals in the country is a tribute 
to the physicians, nurses, and stafi^ 
who care for our patients," said CEO 
Carl Fischer. 

100 in 100 

This spring. Style Weekly named 
several VCU leaders in their list of the 
"Most Influential Richmonders of this 
Century." Alumni will remember past 
professors and presidents, and their 
names are familiar to today's VCU 
students as the buildings which honor 
tfiem. Historic figures named are 
Henry Hibbs, founder and president 
of RPI until 1959; Theresa Pollak, 
founder of the School of Arts in 1928; 
and Dr. William Sanger, first president 
of MCV in 1925. 

Contemporary list-makers include 
VCU's president, Dr. Eugene Trani; 
Jack Spiro, head of the Center for 
Judaic Studies; Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz, 
director of tiie HIV/ AIDS Center, 
Dika Newlin, music professor, rocker, 
actress and model; and GWAR, a 
band formed by VCU students. 

Honoring Our Own 

University Award 


Dr. Robert Baliter 

School of Metiicine 

Servict Award 
Joitph Seipel 
School of the Arts 

Teaching Award 
Or. Patricia Dunam 
Schfjol of Rducaturn 

Iff. /- kmo VUkcrric 

At Convocation '99, September 8, VCU honored its fiacuhy through four 
outstanding members. 

Dr. Robert Balster, on the faculty for 27 years, directs VCU's Instituu for 
Drug and Alcohol Studies. A behavioral pharmacologist, Balster has wiiuen 
more than 260 articles in scientific journals and books and co-<dited two 
important volumes on the latest advances in substance abuse research. He is on 
the editorial boards of seven scientific journals and editor-in-chief of Drug onJ 
Alcohol Dependence. 

Joseph Seipel has taught VCU students for 24 years and chaired the 
Sculpture Department for 13 years. He has served on numerous advisory panels, 
more than 30 University committees, and 65 School of the Arts committees. 
VCU's graduate program in sculpture was ranked fifth in the countiy in 1997 
by U.S. News and World Report. 

In 28 years at VCU, Dr. Patricia Duncan has consistently been a leader in the 
School of Education, bridging the cultures of higher education and elementary 
and secondary schools. Her teaching and advising at aU le%'els consistently vtins 
high student evaluations. She founded both the Children's Literature 
Conference and the Virginia Arnold Lecture, which bring noted writers, artists 
and scholars to VCU. 

Dr. Z. Reno Vlahcevic of the School of Medicine, associate chair of research 
in the Department of Internal Medicine, is recognized as the leading authority 
and researcher in the worid in the area of bile acids and lipid metabolism. He 
has published hundreds of articles as well as books and chapters in his field. 
He has won many awards, including the international Adolf Windaus Prize 
in bile add research. 

1708 Gallery Is 21 

Theresa PoUak's 100th is not the only 
art birthday this year. The 1708 
Gallery has reached 21 — adulthood. 
When 1708's 21 founding members, 
many of them VCU art facult)' and 
students — Richard Kevorkian 
'61BFA, Richard Carlyon, Tom 
Chenoweth '80MFA and others- 
decided to CTeate their own space, 
they weren't thinking about longe%it\'. 
They wanted to blow out the doors of 
the Richmond art scene with an 
artist-run gallen' designed to 
showcase art, not just sell it Their 
brainchild changed the dt\''s art 
scene, and put Richmond on the con- 
temporary art world map. 

In September, 1978, the gallery- 
welcomed its first patrons at 1708 E 
Main in Shockoe Bottom. It took off^ 
quickly, and monthly openings 
became dtywide events. Foimder loe 
Seipel, chair of \'CU's Sculpture 
Department, remembers the e.xdte- 
ment of early openings, with 700 to 
1,200 people attending. "It was ver\- 
fi-esh; people took chances \sith their 
work," remembers 1708's outgoing 
director Sally Bowring '83MFA/A. 

"Wearable Art" 199S 

one of the manv VCU alumni of 
1708. Like Anne Sa»-age 78BFA. Don 
Crow '83BFA RichmonJ Sfagazinei 
1999 Pollak Award for Fine .■Krts), 
Diego Sanchez '88BFA '90MFA and 

The idealistic upstart has matured 
into an influential gaDery. Through it 
an 1708 (now at 103 L Broad Street 1 
has stayed true to its mission as a non- 
profit exhibition and performance 
space in spite of changes in structure 
and funding. No longer an isolated, 
1708 has blazed the trail for 
numerous galleiies now enriching the 
dt\'s culture — and vhidi celdjrated 
heartily afl year in 20th annivTersary 
shows for 1708 artists. 

"Most public schools that 
blacks attend deliver 
nothing less than fraudu 
lent education. Partial [SAT scores 
blacks average about 728 
while the average for the 
nation is 900. 1 might add 
that 900 should be seen as a 
national disgrace." 

WaKer Williams, 

nationally syndicated 
columnist, speaking on 
"How Much Can Discrimi- 
nation Explain?" M.L. Clark 
Multicultural Lecture spon- 
sored by VCU's Psychology 
and Economics Depart- 
ments April 16 

Zachary Knight as Alan Strang 

in Equus, Peter Shaffer Theatre VCU 

October 7-1 


Lonely Planet, Steven Dietz 
October 21-24; As You Like It, Will 
Shakespeare November 11-20; The 
Bacchae, Euripides February 16-26; 
Betrayal, Harold Pinter March 16-19; 
The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Jean 
Giraudoux April 6-15. 
Box Office (804) 828-6026 

"After years of hard work 
and great leadership, 
quality thrives at VCU. 1 
urge you to use the same 
tools you used every day to 
earn your degrees to help 
build a better Virginia and 
a Better America." 

Governor James Gilmore, 

Commencement May 16 

"It's a concept that did for education what the 
teaching hospital did for the medical profession," 

Dr. Nancy Zimpher speaking on Professional 
Development Schools, partnerships between univer- 
sity Schools of Education and K-1 2 schools. 
Zimpher, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin- 
Milwaukee gave the 20th Distinguished Woman 
Scholar Lecture, sponsored by the School of 
Education and Virginia's Alpha Alpha Chapter of 

Delta Gamma Society International in March 

Jon Nakamatsu, 

Gold Medalist in Van Cliburn 

International Piano Competition 

Master Class, Free, February 25, 

5pm; Mary Anne Reynolds 

Concerts February 26 


Baltimore Consort, November 5 
Tickets and schedule, (804) 828-1 166 

"I call myself a documentarian. I hope 

I'm an artist, but that's a title you 

can't just bestow on yourself, ray 

whole thing is trying to earn it." 

Thomas Daniel '87IV1FA/A 'Birdman" 

(above) from Into My Eyes, coming to 

the Anderson Gallery, January 14- 

February 27 


.Oregon/ Barsamian till Oct 24; Faculty 

Focus November 19-December 19; 

Student Design March 1 7-26; 

Student Fine Art April 7-16; MFA 

Thesis April 21-30, May 5-14 



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Live from VCU 

"1 think it's outstanding work and so 
does even/one else who's seen 
it,"said Kim Foster, director and 
owner of the Kim Foster Gallery in 
New York City. New York art carni- 
vores got Fresh Meat when Foster 
exhibited the work of eleven recent 
VCU sculpture MFAs. The artists 
are Ledelle Moe, Renee Rendine, 
Orhan Tekin, Christopher 
Taggart, Carole Garmon, 
Tara Donovan, Barry Griffin [art 
above), Kellie Murphy, Craig 
Wedderspoon, Andrew Wilhelm, 
and Lucie Thune. Interest was 
high, one piece is sold, and four 
artists are talking with galleries to 
represent them. In 1997, U.S.News 
and World Report ranked VCU's 
graduate sculpture program fifth in 
the country. Kim Foster Gallery, 
NYC June 5-July 3 

Healing in Haiti 

luiidcd in part by a VCV 
I'c-aching l-.xctllcncc award, 
the School of Nursing's Drs. 
Rita I'icklcr and iJebra 
I Icarington took several 
studcnt-s and headed to Haiti 
for spring break this year. 

They prepared with 
intensive courses in Creole 
and learning diagnosis and 
treatment for special condi- 
tions like malaria and malnutrition. I he group treated more than 1,100 
children, many of them so poor they don't know what a doctor is. 

Botli teachers have volunteered on medical missions to Haiti for years, and 
are grateful for the experience. "The people have mustered a joy of living where 
there should be no joy," says Hearington, and Pickler adds, "There's a beauty of 
spirit you just don't see everywhere." 

B Reaching Out to 
Wounded Spirits 
Dr. lames McCullough 
decided against a 
preaching career, but 
he's still a man with a 
mission. After years of 
work and study, 
McCullough developed 
a 12-week model for treating depres- 
sion, combining psychotherapy and 
antidepressants. Bristol-Myers Squibb 
Co. chose his model for the largest 
chronic depression study ever done — 
70 psychotherapists and 681 patients 
at 12 medical centers. Preliminary 
results show a response rate of 85 
percent, the highest rate of response 
and remission ever recorded. 

McCullough, a psychology pro- 
fessor who has had his own struggles 
with depression, wants to help other 
"wounded spirits." Fourteen million 
Americans suffer from chronic 
depression. His method, the 
Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System 
of Psychotherapy, is groimded in 
"existential philosophy and personal 
responsibility, with emphasis on the 
present moment," he says. "People 
who for years have said it doesn't 
matter what they do begin encoimter- 
ing the consequences of their 

The therapist offers a supportive, 
forgiving relationship. When patients 
analyze a situation and act differently 
to get different results, "they can 
make mistakes without being 
punished" — a necessary condition tor 
change. McCullough has shown that 
this approach is very effective when 
combined with the anti-depressant 

McCullough hopes to reach 
more patients by developing VCU's 
Unipolar Mood Disorders Institute, 
which he directs, into a national 
center for training professionals in 
his treatment method. 

Smart Money? 

Wayne Lee '9 1 BS/B has been making 
significant use of his college loan 
money. The graduate business 
student recently opened an Internet 
brokerage account with Waterhouse 
Securities with $4,000. Lee's capital 
comes from the federal student loan 
program. He borrowed $7,700 for the 
spring semester, paid his tuition, and 
added the rest, about $5,300, to his 
brokerage accoimt. He has benefited 
vasdy from buying and selling stocks 
on the web. In just three months he 
made a $600 profit. 

Ln a bull market, student-day 
traders may be a campus phenome- 
non, but "there are a lot of naive and 
inexperienced people doing a lot of 
dimib investing," warns David 
Dubosky, VCU professor of finance. 
"One of these days a lot of them will 
get burned and lose a lot of money." 

Who What Where 
When Why? 

In fall 1998, the University 
announced it would not seek reac- 
creditation for the School of Mass 
Communications. As part of that 
decision, VCU also closed admissions 
to its graduate journalism programs 
in media management and profes- 
sional journalism — although the 29 
graduate students afready enrolled 
will complete their degrees. The 
Adcenter and the 2 1 st Century News 
Center were not affected. 

After the School's acting director 
lime Nicholson stepped down in 
summer 1998, College of Himianities 
and Sciences dean Dr. Stephen 
Gottfredson appointed two interim 
associate directors for Mass Comm. 
English professor Dr. Tern' Oggel 
oversees the journalism and 
broad-casting tracks, while Roger 
Lavery, associate professor at the 

Adarnter, directs advertuing and 
public relatione. 

The change* were made after a 
five-month review by a wmmittee of 
VCU faculty, students, and outside 
communicatioas professionals 
studied the School's opcratioas. The 
oimmittee saw the School's strengths 
in its curriculum and in good support 
from students, alumni and profes- 
sionals. It also ojncludcd that the 
school needed stronger leadership 
and suffered from a lack of vision 
and low faculty morale. 

Gottfredson comments that 
VCU plans "to create a new focus 
for the School." He also believes 
that the internal review is "more 
rigorous" than an external 
accreditation process. 

He adds, "I believe these steps 
express a great deal of support and 
effort [for] the School's 650 under- 
graduate majors." During the next 
two years, VCU and Mass Comm 
faculty wiU re-examine the issue of 

Archaeology Center Extinct 

Students can still study archaeology at 
VCU, but the imiversity's 
Archaeological Resource Center, part 
of the Sociology and Anthropology 
Department since 1978, has met 
extinction. "The flow of funds simply 
dried up," says Edwin Blanks, vice 
provost for academic administration. 

The Virginia Department of 
Transportation had funded the 
Center to do archaeological surves-s 
of highway building sites. "Then 
VDOT set up its ovsn archaeology' 
staff," says Blanks. Archaeology- 
Professor Dan Mouer adds that in 
recent years, historic preser\'ation and 
cultural resource management work 
has moved from universities to large 
private engineering firms. So the 
Center no longer pays for itself. 

The Center's strategic location 
on West Broad Street means that the 
University will use the building as 
part of its Broad Street corridor. 
Thousands of bcnres of artifacts from 
20 years of excavations all over the 
state ha\e been moved to a warehouse 
dowTitown, where Mouer hopes that 
scholars and students will ha\ e access. 
Mouer moved a lot of the equipment 
andfiles "into a variety of nooks, 
crannies, closets, basement niches, . 
hallwaN^s, and on empty ofiSce." T 
.\ louer remains on the faculty at 
the Sociolog)- and Anthropology 
Department Center Director Robin 
Ryder hailettX'CU. 

Child Care a Click Away 

'. CL , L/t-piin/fi-r.: of Pedialna on 
the MCV Campui i» heiping make a 
working parent's Ccmdefl wiih come 
true. The Department it one panner 
in QualKidsxom, a Florida compmy 
offering an on-line network comea- 
ing parents with child care centen, 
drxlori and other roourcet. With the 
click of a motue, parents can check 
their chiU care center's webpage, look 
at menus and calendars, even view 
online artwork. And to round out the 
service, QualKids offen online 
resources on child desekipment, par 
enting and children's medkal tMues. 

MCV has partnered with die 
company, which has more than 125 
subscriber centers in 20 slates, to 
provide reliable, qtiality content 
E>r. Kevin Connelly, assistant profis- 
sor of pediatrics and a practicing 
pediatrician, is closely invoK^ed with 
the project writing a monthly 
newsletter, compiling resource 
articles, and answering parent and 
provider questions. As the service 
grows, more members of the depart- 
ment will be invoh-ed. 






Odyssey of the Mind 
Can you build a new kind of vefaicie 
that will change the mode of propul- 
sion and cross terrain including a 
team-designed mountain? Can you 
find an altematis'e habitat for a species 
or give a humorous performance on 
the \-alue of sa%Tngs? More than 4,000 
children, parents and teachers 
attended the final state competition of 

"Odysse)- of the Mind," a spring 
e\ent hosted by the \'CXI .Mimmi 
Association — and the first es"ent using 
VCU's ne^^■est facility, the .Mkd 
Pa\Tlion in the Siegd Cotter. 
'Od\'ssei." encourages students to use 
creati^'e thinking skills to soht 
complex problems. -\nd die es^ent 
showcases VCU to bright prospective 
studenQMJ^t parents. 

F .\ t t 19 9 9 









Information Where 
It's Needed 

On September 1, 1999, the Office of 
Information Technology was reorga- 
nized to enhance technology services 
and support for scholarship and 
teaching throughout the VCU. Dr. 
Phyllis Self, the new vice provost for 
academic technology, will report to 
Dr. Roderick McDavis, the new 
provost and vice president for 
academic affairs. John Ulmschneider, 
the new director of University Library 
Services, will also report directly to 
the provost. 

Business-related and administra- 
tive fimctions including Year 2000 
coordination, the University 
Computer Center, network services, 
the VCU Card Program, and 
telecommimications will be trans- 
ferred to Paul Timmreck, vice presi- 
dent for finance and administration. 

Easing the Squeeze 

As enrollments go up (the largest 
freshman class ever this fall, at 2,480), 
student housing gets tighter. To ease 
the squeeze near the Academic 
Campus, VCU is building an apart- 
ment-style dorm with a total of 396 
bedrooms at 1 100 W. Broad St. 
between the School of Fine Arts and 
the new Siegel Center. Dorm resi- 
dents, mosdy upperdass students, will 
have reserved parking at the new 
1 100-car parking garage across Broad 
Street. The dorm will be open for the 
2001-02 school year. 

Move Over, Mac! 

On VCU's MCV Campus, the Big 
Mac(Donald's) vail make way for 
VCU's signature Gateway Project at 
12th and Marshall. The nine-story 
Gateway building will connect Main 
Hospital to the Nelson Clinic. It's part 
of a $65 million construction package 
to expand and modernize the MCV 
Hospitals, not only in downtown 
Richmond but at the suburban health 
complex at Stoney Point. 

"These projects," says Hospitals 
CEO Carl Fischer, "Meet our need to 
provide up-to-date patient care facili- 
ties." Construction begins in 2000. 

Alumni Campaign Leaders Dick '67BS/MC 
and Marianne Robertson and Rejina '70BFA 
'80MFA and Bill Carreras 

Partners Progress 

Over $167.83 Million Raised in Just Seven Years 

Not even Hurricane Floyd could dampen high spirits at the End-of-Campaign 

Party at the Siegel Center on September 15. And no wonder. The entire VCU 

community had plenty to celebrate. 

"What we have accomplished is truly remarkable. Not only have we raised 

$167.83 miUion, but we exceeded our $125 million goal 16 months in advance," 

said Peter Wyeth, vice president for University Advancement. "This is a 

powerful testament to the support Virginia Commonwealth University receives 

from its friends, alumni, and foundation and corporate sponsors." 

"These past seven years have catapulted VCU from an institution known 

statewide, to a University knovm throughout the country and abroad for first- 
rate research and as a model for excellence m an uihsn institution of higher 

education," said VCU's President, Dr. Eugene Trani. 

Most important, the Partners for Progress campaign has established alumni 

leadership and commitment as the key to VCU's future growth. Campaign 

Chair Richard Robertson '67BS/MC led the way, beginning his chairmanship 

with a million-dollar pledge. Just as critically, he topped off the campaign with 

an additional parting gift to fund scholarships and name the new Alumni House. 

Other alumni followed suit. "1 was most impressed," added Dr. Trani, "that our alumni 

raUied to the campaign, increasing the number of alumni donors from 7,484 in 1993-94, to 

1 1,540 in 1998-99. Increased and continuing alumni support brings more lecture series, 

computer upgrades, scholarships and research programs to VCU and its students." 
So how has this $167.83 million improved the University? Among many things, 

Partners for Progress campaign funds have: 

Added to existing endowed funds including Professorships, Chairs, Lectureships and 
Scholarships, like the $3.6 million Alumni Merit Scholarship Endowment. The increase 
in merit scholarships has attracted more academically talented students to VCU, and 
helped raise the nimiber of Honors Students from 325 in 1990 to over 1,300 in 1998. 

• Established VCU's new School of Engineering. Through private and public sector D''- Eugene Trani and 

support, VCU created a $31 milMon, four-story, 113,000 square-foot facility. Of special StuartSiegel 
note is the partnership between Motorola and the Commonwealth of Virginia that funded the 29,000 square-foot 
Virginia Microelectronics Center. This "clean room" research facility was part of the state's incentive package that 
attracted the microelectronics industry to Virginia — increasingly known as the "Silicon Dominion." 
Helped fund capital improvements throughout both campuses, including the Stuart C. Siegel Center, the new School 
of Engineering and the new Fine Arts Building, as well as the VCU Clinical Research Center, the MCV Aliunni House 
and Paul A. Gross Conference Center. Under construction are a new dorm and a new Life Sciences Building. 

From Drill to Brush 

Adjunct faculty member and Board of Visitors member Dr. W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. '70DDS 

will have his first ever one-man show of over 50 works on paper at the MCV Alumni House, 
1016 E. Clay Street, October 21 - November 5, 1999. The exhibited works will then be auctioned 
off at the Siegel Center on November 6, 1999, with proceeds supporting VCU Athletic 

Perkinson's painting studio resembles a tum-of-the-centuiy atelier in Montpamasse worthy 
of Lautrec. Paintings sit stacked and scattered, waiting for a final brushstroke or a trip to the 
framers. It's hard to believe that he doesn't make a living by his watercolors, but rather as a 
dentist — with the largest dental practice in the state. "Painting is my golf, my tennis," says 
Perkinson. "I think I'm just one of those people who paints with a passion. I paint purely for the fun of it." 

Baxter began his second career at 35, and his watercolors are some of the most sought after and prized works in 
Richmond. He has never sold a painting tor personal profit, but instead prefers to use his works tor charitable causes or as 
well-deserved gifts to patients and employees. Organizations benefiting from his paintings include the Science Museum of 

Virginia, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Midlothian 

Middle School and the Highland Park Restoration and 
ttmmltiltU iii^iiMytlliHMi!niiMii».......,»»uM Preservation Program. Quoting Winston Churchill, Baxter 

smiles, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by 

what we give." 

For more information concerning the upcoming exhibition 
and auctiort, please contact Cheryl Gonzales, Associate Vice 
President of University Advancement, at (804) 828-1223 

roots, canals, 8c bridges 

by Baxter Perkinson, DOS 

he SOLs (Standards of Learning) are a series of measures for school 
children in grades K-12, designed, developed, and tested for the 
.j Virginia Board of Education under Governor George Allen. They 
vvej'e presented in 1995, and students were first tested in 1997-98. The 
Board says it's raising the quality of education of Virginia students, and 
the rest of the country is watching with interest. 

In the first year especially, SOLs raised issues — and some hackles — 
for hundreds of teachers and administrators, many of them alumni. 
Classroom teachers were frustrated hy a lack of preparation before the 
first exams. Virginia's air grew dark with phrases like "vagueness," "fact- 
based," "rote memorization," "teaching to the test," even "Standards of 
Lunacy." Critics questioned the content, testing methods, and conse- 
quences of the SOLs. But how does it look after a second round? We 
talked to School of Education faculty and alumni who are still "testing 
the tests" — preparing for and evaluating the SOLs. 


First, a little background. The Standards cover 
four areas: English, history and social sciences, 
math, and science. History and social science 
Standards include four strands: history, civics, 
geography, and economics. Students take the 
' SCM c\anis in third, fifth, eighth, and twelfth 
grades. At every level, 
students must 
compose a writing 
sample (sidebar). The 
initial set of standards 
received an "exem- 
plary" rating from the 
American Federation 
of Teachers in 1996. 
Virginia's SOLs 
are part of a national 
movement in 
response to President 
Ro%er Gray '78BS/E Clinton's challenge in 

^ "Goals 2000" to radically improve the quality 
of K-12 education. Forty-five states have 
responded with "standards-based" programs 
^^^ of learning and testing. Virginians had even 
more incentive for 
change when their 
fourth-graders had 
the biggest drop in 
reading scores in 
the country in 
1994. Not only the 

Board of Education, 
but parents and 
teachers wanted 
more accoimtability 
from students and 
Wayne Ellis SlMEd By building in 

^ accountability at all levels, the Board put teeth 
into testing. As the new standards are phased 
in, SOL test scores will determine whether 

high school seniors graduate by 2004; by 2006 
they will decide teacher certification and 
school accreditation. In some districts, ele- 
mentary students already have mandatory 
summer classes when they don't pass SOLs in 
an area, regardless of their grades. 

In the first round of testing, a whopping 
98 percent of Virginia schools failed to meet 
the 70/70 requirement: 70 percent of each 
school's students must score 70 or above or 
lose accreditation (50 percent passing for third 
grade history and science). In Spring, 1999, 
6.5 percent of schools met the Standards. Still, 
many schools jumped far ahead of 1998 after 
better student and teacher preparation and 
realigning ciuriculimi to match the standards. 


Roger Gray '78BS/E is a high school history 
teacher who represents his colleagues as 
President of the Richmond Education 
Association (as well as fellow alumni on the 
School of Education Alumni Board). "If what 
we're saying is that every kid is going to 
succeed at high levels, that's wonderful," he 
says. "WTiat teachers are concerned about is 
how we get there, and what the consequences 
of not passing will be." 

Gray and others are dubious about a "one- 
size-fits-all plan for education. We know that 
kids are different." Wayne Ellis '82MEd 
teaches math at Huguenot High School in 
Richmond and he is on the Virginia 
Education Association's Political Action 
Committee. "Not everyone needs algebra 1, 
geometTi' and algebra 2 to be a success," he 
says. And novs' there's no longer a place for 
consimier math, which he suggests "is a great 
practical course tor seniors." 

Most of all, Ellis wonders, "Does a 70 
percent passing rate mean a 30 percent 
dropout rate? I have that fear. Educating fewer 
students will not make us better educators." 










classroom teachers confront radicafly 
changing lesson plans, pacing charts, more 
reports on students' progress. "One of the 
insanities of the SOLs," says Gray, "is upping the 
amount of paperwork, to have accountability at 
every step of the process. And, following the 
pacing charts given by central administration, 
there's very little time to re- teach if students 
don't get it the first time." 

E Nancy Buckner '90MEd is Teacher of the 
^^^^^^^^^^^ Year at Richmond's 
^^^^^^^^^^B Mary Munford Model 
Elementary School, 
where she teaches fourth- 
graders. She notes that 
the average public school 
elementary teacher 
teaches an eight-hour 
day, takes home papers 
to grade, meets with 
students and parents, and 
attends mandatory pro- 
fessional development 

courses — and then must 
Nancy Buckner 90MEa r- ..\. ^ u 

_ ' ngure out how to be 

clever. Many teachers want to provide this level 

of instruction but find their time, energy, and 

material resources come up short. 

Buckner also comments on the vagueness of 

the SOLs. "Knowing European explorers is a 

requirement for my students. There are 

hundreds; how do we know exactly what our 

students need to know?" Most important, 

Buckner says, "We must remember that the 

SOLs, like any other test, is just a snapshot of 

what one child does on one given day in one 

given situation. It is not a complete measure of 
that child's knowledge." 

Some of Buckner's concerns were addressed 
by a later version of SOLs. Gray observes, "They 
said fifth-graders should know 'key figures' in 
the American Revolution. Then later they did 
come back and tell us who those three people 
are." Actually, there are eleven of them, in part 
of one of the ten standards for fifth grade. 


Virginia's Assistant Superintendent for 
Instruction Dr. JoLynne DeMary '72MEd 
explains that Governor Allen allocated $25.1 
miUion for the SOL Training Initiative. 
Originally, AUen envisioned teacher training 
directed by the Department of Education. But 
school division superintendents believed that 
local training would be more effective, and the 
General Assembly agreed. School divisions use 
the money to develop their own training 
programs for teaching the SOLs which DOE 
then approves. 

"It is an unprecedented effort," says 
DeMary, "because professional development of 
teachers is 100 percent state-fiinded." Education 
in Virginia is funded by a combination of local 
and state money. "In the 1998-99 school year, 
divisions received $7.50 per child and in the 
1 999-2000, they will receive $ 1 5 per child for 
professional development. 

"School divisions have major staff develop- 
ment efforts going on all summer," DeMary 
continues. "Some divisions even increased the 
school year, not for students, but for teachers, 
so training woidd not take them out of the 

Dr. Bill Bosher 

'69MEd, VCU distin- 
guished professor of 
education and public 
policy, is Superinten- 
dent of Chesterfield 
County Schools, the 
third largest school 
district in the state, 
with 5 1,000 smdents 
who must pass the 
tests. Bosher was State 
Superintendent of 

Schools when the Or. Bill Bosher '69MEd 

Department of Education introduced the 
Standards of Learning, so he was prepared to 
prepare teachers. 

"We've worked on four basic areas in 
Chesterfield," he explains. "First, we must 
insure curriculum alignment. In the first year of 
the tests, we had young 
people taking the eighth 
grade history test who 
hadn't taken an eighth 
grade history course. This 
year 100 percent of our 
eighth graders took 
history, and scores 

The second area is 
teacher training, funded 
by state money. "Student 
motivation is the third 
area," he continues. "SOL 
scores are now part of 
final exam grades, and in 2004, SOL scores will 
determine if students advance to the next 

Dr. JoLynne DeMary '72MEd 

Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone 
are wanted in life. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: 
nothing else will ever be of any service to them. — hard times, charies Dickens 

A major complaint about the SOLs is that they emphasize 
facts and rote memorization to the exclusion of reasoning, 
that the multiple-choice exams can't adequately test under- 
standing — as though Dickens' Gradgrind chaired the 
project. True? We took a look at the facts, the Standards and 
the tests themselves. Here are some examples. (For more, see 
SOL Search Sidebar.) Decide for yourself. 

Kindergarten History — Geography: 
The student will identify symbols such as community 
symbols: traffic signs, traffic lights, street and highway 
markers, etc. 

History — Economics: 

The student will identify basic economic concepts, includ- 

• the difference between basic needs (food, clothing, and 
shelter) and wants (luxuries); 

• the practice of exchanging money for goods 

• examples of people saving for the future 

Second Grade History 

The student will study the contributions of ancient Egypt 
and China which have had an impact on world history, with 
emphasis on written language, laws, calendars and architec- 
tural monuments such as the Pyramids and the Great Wall 
of China 

Third Grade Science 

The student will plan and conduct investigations in which 

• questions are developed to formulate 

• predictions and observations are made 

• data are gathered, charted and graphed 

Sixth Grade History 

The student will interpret patriotic slogans and excerpts 
from notable speeches in United States history since 1877 
including 'Ask not what your country can do for you . . ." 
"December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy," "I 
have a dream . . .," and "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this 



The student will construct the perpendicular bisector of a 

line segment and an angle bisector, using a compass and 


Eighth Grade World History 

The student will improve skills in historical research and 
geographical analysis by identifying, analyzing, and inter- 
preting primary sources and secondary sources to make 
generahzations about events and life in world history up to 
1000 A.D. 

Tenth Grade English 

The student will read and critique hterary works fi-om a 

variety of eras in a variety of cultures. 

• Explain similarities and differences of structure and 
images as represented in the literature of different 

• Identify universal themes prevalent in the Uterature of 
all cultures 

• Describe cultural archetypes in short stories, novels, 
poems and plays across several cultures 

• Examine a literary selection from several critical 


3rd grade history (economics) 

Which of these things do people most need to survive? 

a. Milk 

b. Water* 

c. Beef 

d. Apples 

grade." The fourth area is "a thorough analysis 
of the information the SOL scores provide in 
order to improve the way we teach students." 

This summer, more than 2,000 Chesterfield 
teachers took summer training. During the 
1998-99 school year, the county used their share 
of state funds "to train 144 lead teachers in the 
content areas. They arc 
prepared to help their 
colleagues; they are not 
administrators," says 
Bosher. When two 
teachers were trained to 
be writing trainers for 
tlieir middle school col- 
leagues, "writing signifi- 
cantly improved across 
the board." The county 
;\lso developed its own 
eighth-grade writing test, 
and trained teachers to 
Dr. lainei Byiium '77MEd score it. "We spent all of 
last year training teachers in language arts. We 
also spent $2.5 million for a kindergarten 
through fifth grade adoption of language arts 
materials, including textbooks, aligned with the 

State money has also funded materials for 
history and social sciences. Because the 
Standards include more geography and eco- 
nomics than earlier curricula, Chesterfield 
Schools bought new maps, globes and software 
to help teachers and students. The Virginia 
Council on Economic Education produced a 
CD-ROM with materials aligned with the 
Standards for economics, and every social 
studies teacher in the district has one. 

Chesterfield teachers developed SOL Kits for 
grades three, five, and eight, with hands-on 
material specifically related to the S(JLs in the 
four test areas. Teachers and students through- 
out the county are asing them. 

In Chesterfield, 16 of70 schools passed 
SOU this spring, compared to only two in 1998. 
"Those 16 schools were from all parts of the 
county, both urban and suburban," Bosher 
emphasizes. Eight schools this year missed 
passing in just one subject, and he expects the 
number of schools passing all tests to leap 

Bosher believes, "The most positive part of 
the Standards is tJiat we can see our work 
against a specific expectation. I think that's 
better than travelling 180 days and claiming 
victory at the end of the journey no matter 
where you are." 

Dr. James Bynum '77MEd, spokesperson 
for the Superintendent of Richmond City 
Public Schools, agrees with Bosher that "The 
key is not textbooks; it is curriculum realign- 
ment. We need to realign the curriculum 
throughout the city so that it matches what is 
required by the SOLs." He says that Richmond 
Public Schools have the materials, but that 
helping learn how to best use them will take 
time. (Gray comments that new materials on 
the SOLs reached teachers late and piecemeal, 
adding to their frijstration.) 

Although Richmond's second-year scores 
rose in 9 of the 16 subject areas/levels, there 
were disturbing losses in third-grade science, 
eighth-grade Enghsh and history, and end-of- 
course math. Two elementary school principals 

were reassigned to the dai«roofn "for £]ilurc 
to impuive." 

for 1999-2rXXJ, Richmond has added more 
iastructionaJ aMJstants and a holding teacher 
training sessions once a month. And, Byntun 
says, "The three feeder middle schoob are 
talking more with high schools about how the 
curricula interact" 

Several alumni we spoke with talked about 
the need for more exchange across disciplines 
and grade levek. Gray s\iggested that more 
exchange between city and suburban schools 
might be helpful; "this might be something 
VCU could do," he adds. VCU does bdhtzte a 
Leadership Institute where principals can meet 
to share problenu and strategies for solutions. 
Systems that have developed materials for SOL 
curricula have not been eager to share. 


One Richmond school 
has some strategies that 
would help any school, 
city or suburban. 

Scores came up sig- 
nificantly by the second 
round of tests at Robert 
E. Lee Elementary. How 
did they do it? Principal 
Victoria Oakley '88MEd 
has answers that work, 

for many of teachen' 

Victoria Oakley 'SSMEd 
concerns. rn.o.u. v^u^ut, oo. .^^ 

Teaming is the first tiling — and it's not a 
new concept at Lee School From team-taught 
reading classes, to a school planning and man- 
agement team, to partnerships with community 

3rd grade science 

Which animal is an omnivore? 

a. A lion that eats deer and sheep 

b. A rabbit that eats grass and weeds 

c. A bear that eats berries and fish* 

d. A shark that eats fish and seals 

Sth grade history {economics) 

The Shenandoah Valley developed into a major agricultural 

center known for — 

a. Peanut farming 

b. Raising Poultry* 

c. Fishing 

d. Tobacco farming 

By the 1880s, all of these industries were important to 
Virginia's economy except — 

a. Cigarette factories 

b. Cotton textile mills 

c. Shipbuilding yards 

d. Steel mills* 

Sth grade computer/technology 

Computers wired together within a building for the purpose 
of exchanging information are called a — 

a. File 

b. Circuit 

c. Network* 

d. Directory 

Sth grade history (economics) 

Which of the following best describes the economy of 


a. Subsistence 

b. Centrally planned* 

c. Free market 

d. Barter system 

End-of-course U.S. history (high school) 


During World War I and World War 11, the government of 

the United States raised revenue to finance the war effort 

mainly by — 

a. Controlling the production of factories 

b. Asking allies to buy war supphes 

c. Raising taxes and selling ivar bonds* 

d. Instituting the personal federal income tax 


Speaker .\: It is not the government's role to take care of 
people who don't or won't work 

Speaker B; The government should take a ver)' active role in 
regulating business. 

Speaker C; Membership in military alliances and multina- 
tional organizations such as the United Nations may hurt 
the United States. 

Speaker D; We should worr}' about what is happening in 
this country and let others worn- about themselves. 

The statements suggest that liberals and conserrati^'es— 

a. .\gree on most issues 

b. Differ primarily on foreign policy 
c Agree on social issues 

d. Have different views about the role of govanment* 

*corTect answers 


At ever>' level students are gr^-en a "wiitiiii promp;" ir.c 
write a short essay about it Their wTiting simple a scorec 
for organization, written expression, usage and mechanics. 
The test includes a "Checklist tor Writen' to keep in mind: 
"I planned my paper before writing,' "I edited my pipa to 
be sure that correa grammar is used.' 

Sth grade Ei^Ksh wiitiiig fmasfb 

People enioy reading different things sodi as stories, ntKs- 
zines, and books. What kind of reading do rou bke best! Be 
sure to teD wty tou Uke that kind of readii^ and sappon 
your reasons with specific details. 

End-of-comse Ei^^idi (12t]i grade) writing prompt 

What is the most important tiling vcu wouli teL i -r»" 
student at your school? Be sure to teil wiiy ;t ;s the mos: 
important and explain your reasons. 

from Standards ofLearmngfor Virpnia Pubik Sdigok — 
Adopted June 1995 by Ae State Board of Eduoaiw 

groups, working together and mutual support 
are key principles. Many schools use some of 
these techniques, but Oakley has tightened the 
focus on the problem at hand. "You need to 
have a structured plan," she says, "and staff and 
parents need to be a part of developing that 
plan. I didn't superimpose the plan." 

"You have to imderstand K-5 curriculum," 
she continues, "you have to know how concepts 
build on each other." Language scores improved 
34.7 percent, to 78.3 percent passing. Oakley, 
whose VCU master's is in reading, explains that 
her school decided to teach reading in parallel 
block scheduling — younger students in the 
morning, older kids in the afternoon. With kids 
reading viithin those times, they are grouped 
according to reading 
levels, not grade levels. 
"Another important 
thing is flexibility," she 
stresses. "When children 
are ready, they move up." 
Reading classes are 
always taught in teams, 
teachers working with 
resource staffer instruc- 
tional assistants. 

The children chart 
their own reading 
progress, which adds 
incentive and "reinforces 
basic math skills — we had huge gains [up 19. 1 
percent] in math." Oakley adds that "we use 
children's lit books, fiction and especially non- 
fiction, to supplement and enhance 
history/social studies and science." Parents work 
with \hea kids on take-home reading kits, 
colorfiil boxes with projects and information on 
topics like dinosaurs or the American 

Lee has after-school clubs in science and 
economics for the upper grades. The "dynamic 
teachers" who stay to lead those clubs are paid 
fi-om a National Science Foundation grant to 
Richmond Public Schools. "Our fifth-graders 
have been going to the Science Museum once a 
week since third grade." For third to fifth 
grades, the school's teacher specialist, Sandra 
Clark, created model lessons on how to design 
experiments which teachers use in Lee's science 
lab — an unusual amenity for an elementary 
school. "We had the space," Oakley explains, 
"so we partnered with the University of 
Richmond to get a grant fi'om the Virginia 
Environmental Endowment." 

The Virginia Historical Society, two blocks 
away, is another partner. "Our kids have tiouble 
with timelines and geography, so we use lots of 
maps and charts and graphs. Often our kids 
don't travel outside their own area — I think the 
geography piece is harder for them." 

As to the extra reporting, "We have continu- 
ous monitoring. Teachers meet every nine 
weeks (coinciding with report cards, an evalua- 
tion teachers are doing already) vrith the 

school's monitoring team — including the coun- 
selor and curriculum specialist. We review every 
child in the school — 340. And look for solutions 
for a child in trouble. Maybe there's a problem 
at home. Maybe a child needs glasses, or a 
reading buddy." Teachers have release time to 
meet with the monitoring team; since many 
classes are already team taught, resource 
teachers or assistants can take over. 

"And this is ongoing, of course. Our 
teachers know their students, and they aren't 
going to wait nine weeks to get help for a child 
in difficulty. We all know we are resources for 
each other. I commend my staff they are very 

(Lee has a higher staff- to-student ratio 
because the school serves many students with 
special needs.) 


Dr. Alan McLeod, VCU professor and chair of 
teacher education, believes teachers can effec- 
tively promote material students need to know 
to excel on SOLs. He explains, "The principle 
behind the SOLs is closely linked to Ed Hirsch's 
philosophy, that learning builds by assimila- 
tion." In other words, a child can learn anything 
if you tie it into what the child already knows. 

Even young students can learn difficult 
concepts using Hirsch's approach. Early reports 
indicated that kindergartners would have to 
know about Mahatma Ghandi. Dr. lill Fox, 
assistant professor of education, decided to 
build on basic principles all kindergartners must 
learn their first year of school: how to obey 
rules. Based on her concept of what a rule is, 
why we obey it, and what we do to obey it. Fox 
introduced Mahatma Ghandi as a character 
who helped his coimtry establish very good 
rules — and then Fox taught this imit to her edu- 
cation students to help them see ways to teach 
the SOLs. 

VCU's School of Education has initiated a 
focused effort to train new teachers to teach the 
SOLs. Most current textbooks don't cover this 
material, particularly in social studies, because 
textbook companies publish books geared 
toward standards of states with larger popula- 
tions: California, New Jersey and Texas. So 
faculty tell student teachers to go on-line, find 
SOLs for their subject and grade level, and then 
find resources to teach them. Education 
students must create SOL units and then teach 
them either to their VCU class or to a grade 
school class. Students get pre-service practice 
and develop resources to meet SOL standards — 
and they offer in-service teachers another pair of 
hands and a back-up brain. 

or MORE? 

According to the Virginia Board of Education, 
some test questions are based on facts and some 
involve critical thinking. The DOE "Blueprints" 

booklet assures parents that over 50 percent of 
the questions asked on the SOLs are aimed at 
learning and thinking, rather than on straight 
"facts." {See sidebar for examples of Standards 
and test questions.) 

Assurances aside, many teachers believe it is 
difficult to teach the number of "facts" reqiured 
by the SOLs without requiring a great deal of 
memorization — and forced limitations on their 
teaching. Gray allows that "certainly you can be 
creative, but the SOLs place extreme limits on 
you — you can't extend study in particular 
areas — ^there's no time." 

High school math teacher Ellis agrees. 
"There's no room to teach anything that doesn't 
directiy relate to the SOLs." And, he points out, 
"Stronger kids are hurt by the SOLs, because 
there's no time in class to go firrther." 

Elementary school teachers argue that they 
are required to cover 20 or more major focal 
points in each of the four areas of the Standards 
of Learning (80 units to teach in one year), in 
addition to the rest of their caseload including 
art, music, health and family life. It is difficult to 
provide the in-depth unit lesson that vnll guar- 
antee critical thinking skills appropriate for each 
student on all 80 of the SOLs. Some teachers 
fear that length and breadth of the SOLs will 
force them to return to a "fiU-in-the-blank" 

That is underUned, of course by multiple- 
choice questions. Gray points to one of the fifth 
grade SOLs, "which says, 'The student will 
analyze the United States Constitution and the 
Bill of Rights, in terms of — the British and 
American heritage, including the Magna Carta, 
the English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower 
Compart, the Virginia Statute of Religious 
Freedom, and the Articles of Confederation.' — 
You are going to deal with all that in one 
multiple-choice question?" he scoffs. 

Paul Fleisher '75MEd has taught 
Richmond's gifted middle school students for 
years, writes children's books about science, and 
received the 1999 
Thomas Jefferson Medal 
for Excellence in Science 
Education. "SOL testing 
has actually caused the 
curriculiun to contrart, " 
he wrote in Richmond's 
Styk Weekly. "Whatever 
doesn't fit within the 
standards gets eliminat- 
ed Education ... is 

becoming monotonous 
assembly-line labor." 
Although "many of the 
questions on the actual 
SOL tests are very well-written and challeng- 
ing," he says, there are other assessment 
methods that take more thought — "essays, 
student-created produrts, or even questions 
answered with a student-generated word or 

Paul Fleisher '75MEd 



John Rossi 

When North Carolina, Delaware and 
Maryland recently revamped their testing 
procedures and standards, they chose to 
augment multiple-choice questions with short 
answers and longer problem-solving questions, 
to distinguish learning from memorizing and 
provide a more thorough evaluation of what 
students actually understand. 

Principal Vickie Oakley argues that 
Virginia's Standards do require a high level of 
learning. "To pass any of these tests, it's no 
longer possible to just use rote material. You 
have to be able to apply it." In her school, 
teachers reinforce learning by applying it in 
other curriculum areas — kids chart their 
reading, and read about science. 


Gray is troubled that the Standards and 
multiple-choice testing give students the 
impression that "if it isn't on the test, it isn't 
important." Unimportant history, unimportant 
math, unimportant science. 

Associate Professor 
lohn Rossi, who teaches 
Social Studies Education, 
elaborates. "The SOLs 
define the 'ofBcial knowl- 
edge of Virginia.' For 
students, that maybe at 
odds with what your 
culture is expecting you 
to know." He believes 
more time needs to be 
spent on Africa, Asia, and 
other non-European 
countries. Standards do 
include African- 
American History. World History now encom- 
passes Asia as well as Europe. The SOLs include 
some history of all the peoples who have come 
to the United States — and the people who were 
here already. 

"To me," says Rossi, "In evaluating the 
nature of the SOLs and what we want to accom- 
plish in teaching our children, I believe we are 
asking the wrong questions. Instead of asking, 
'Are the teachers teaching what we told them to 
teach?' we must ask, 'How do students learn? 
What are the best teaching practices?' Public 
education has the responsibility to teach so that 
students can learn, really learn." 

Learning by lecture repeatedly tests lowest in 
student retention as a teaching method, he 
says — yet it presents large amounts of informa- 
tion quickly. Under the pressure of SOLs, many 
teachers are likely to overuse it. Other tech- 
niques include collaborative learning projects, 
learning across the curriculum, and Nisual 
versus aural methods. Rossi thinks Virginia 
should focus on the process rather than on the 
kind of data which can be easily measured. 

The Virginia UOE used testing agencies 
from the University of Michigan, University of 
Virginia and VCU to validate testing proce- 
dures. Harcourt and Brace, a respected educa- 
tional and publishing company, created the first 
set of questions based on the standarcb, devised 
by a series of committees of teachers. Other 
committees — including political appointees — 
scrutinized each question and added, deleted, 
and reworded some of them. Because of the 
revisions, the final draft no longer maintained 
the original objective standards. This final draft 
was "field tested" using randomly selected 
students, and the final test was adapted based on 
the results of the field test. 

VCU's Rossi adds, "The SOLs brought the 
notion that deficiencies in quality of student 
learning lie with what students are being taught. 
While 1 would like to see the board consider 
different questions, the current SOLs force 
us to 'teach to the test,' and that becomes 

on SOLS 

SOL critics worry that Standards are too fact- 
based, and that "teaching to the test" crowds out 
opportunities for critical and creative thinking 
in school curricula. That these are not standards 
that will work or are even appropriate for all 
students. But if schools ignore the Standards, 
they will face the consequences of high-stakes 
testing: students vnll not advance to the next 
grade, schools wdll lose acaeditation. 

Rossi warns, "People are panicking over 
these SOLs. There are rumors that principals 
will be fired based on these test results. This 
method of accountability starts to feel very 'big 
brother.'" In fact, principals were replaced in 
two Richmond City Public Schools "for failure 
to improve," although the Superintendent said 
it was not because of the drop in their SOL 

Paul Fleisher asks why the same standards 
are not required for private schools. To him, 
and other teachers and parents, "SOL testing 
looks like a blueprint for sabotaging public edu- 
cation: Force public school kids to take an 
overly difficult set of tests. When they don't do 
well, use that to justify school vouchers . . .to 
funnel public funds to private schools." 

earning to teach these standards and e\-aluat- 
I ing them in the classroom is an ongoing 

process — and one the whole countr)' is 
engaged in, through the Goals 2000 challenge. 
No substantial change is eas>', especially at the 
beginning. Bosher believes that schools should 
work with current standards before any rush to 
revise them. "\Ve should give students a chance 
to master this content and these skills," he 
contends. "K- 1 2 is a 1 3-year process. You 


I o undcrAa/id naciiy what the SOLt domnd x cad) 
grade kvd, look at die (JeiMrtmctt of Ednutjon'i 
'Blueprintt.' died die web, or aifc for a hard oopr X '*M> 


bttp://www.pea.k 1 2.Ta.u/ 

The Department of Education ale has Standard* u( 
Learning links with itrfcirmation indaifingStaadafdh 
sample queitioni and Blueprint!. It aho pods leA fouki 
for aU die schools in die aate. 

Mickey VanDerwcrker '85.Mid. 1966 Virginia Tcadiaaf 
the Year, is a leader of Parents AcrotfViiginiaL'niled to 
Reform SOLs, who designed dus site. The networti of over 
1 ,300 parents and grandparents bdieves the SOU and (he 
way they are being used if not good education, and diev 
want changes. 
This site indudes teaching units on-line incorporating 
techniques, materials and information on ipeci6c SOU 
Each teacher whose lesson plan is used here naara 10 
points tow-ard re-certification, up to 30 points. 


Developed by a team of parents of 5th-7th graden, this tile 
focuses on History/Sodal Studies SOLs for grades 5-7. 

succeed in Algebra I in eighth grade because 
of skills and content you've learned in 
elementary school." 

"Keep in mind," Gray adds, "that this whole 
program is to identify- weaknesses and improve 
upon them. Not to compare sdiools or students 
against each other." 

Superintendents are counting on more 
students passing each year. Even Wayne EDis 
says second-year scores don't show that "many 
more lads came very dose to passing — scoring 
399 out of 400." So perhaps by 2006, aH public 
school students in \Trginia \vill be able to 
show that thew know the standardized material 
in science, math, histon" and sodal sciences, 
and English. 

"The goal has to be improv-ement," 
says Bosher, "as long as that's happening, 
we should celebrate." 

Debbie Carey is a freelance writer and a 
teacher at Germanna Community College, 
Fredericksburg. Mary Reynolds hyis interim 
editor ofVCWs alumni magazines for four 
montJis this spring and summer and is working 
on a VCU Master of Urban Planning. 


F .\ L L : o 9 9 

Shoe Leathei 


Jodi Mailander Farrell '87BS/MC is an 

award- winning education writer for The 
Miami Herald. Farrell's stories already 
appear on The Miami Herald's web site, 
and most of her recent freelance work has 
been for Internet sites like 
Farrell sees the Internet as complimenting 
print newspapers, rather than competing 
with them. "Breaking news and in-depth 
news can go hand-in-hand on the Internet 
for newspapers. While The Herald posts 
stories as soon as possible, it also updates 
them. The final version of the story eventu- 
ally makes its way onto the site. That is the 
in-depth story that readers have learned to 
expect from newspapers." 

"I think newspapers in print format will 
continue to exist, but, as we already know, 
readership is on the decUne," she says. "The 
Internet is the one area that can grow in 
circulation, as well as ad sales. It also makes 
us better at our job: getting news out much 
quicker." Farrell continues, "That ability, 
which at one time was only enjoyed by the 
broadcast media, could be the saving grace 
of what many perceive as a dying business." 
She says that although newspapers do not 
currently charge for access to their web 
sites, they sell advertising space and may 
charge fees for on-Une access to their 
libraries. "Eventually, they may charge for 
subscribers. The key word here is poten- 
tial," she says. "The number of on-line 
readers is growing much more quickly that 
the number of those reading hard-copy 

Farrell interned at The Palm Beach Post 
in West Pakn Beach, FL, which opened the 
door for a job offer at the end of her senior 


"I really wonder how we as journalists got along without the 

Internet," says business 
magazine editor Ser^o 
Bustos. Journalists agree 

to Miami 


that the Internet has 

changed the way they do their jobs. Five School of Mass 

Communications graduates consider the relationship between 

electronic media and print journalism. Some view the Internet as a 

tool for research or for promoting the printed product. Others note 

that electronic news forces print media to either publish news 
articles quickly or write more in-depth pieces from different angles. 

^"■"^-^ But traditioruil reporting skills will guide them into the 
twenty-first century. Investigative reporter Ronnie Greene calls it 
"shoe-leather reporting." As business reporter Lisa Brownlee says, 
"No matter what the medium, reporters still have to know how to 
report a story." And photojoumalist David Alan Harvey concurs, 

"If someone's a serious photographer or a serious writer, there's 

going to be a place for them." Together, these journalists span more 

than 30 years in the university's history, have nearly 80 years of 

experience and more than 10 million readers worldwide. 

year. Four years later, she moved to The 
Miami Herald. "I have been working on 
the Miami city desk for the past six years 
covering education in Dade Coimty, the 
fourth-largest school district in the 
country," she says. A new mother, Farrell 
recently started a yearlong leave of absence. 
She's still employed by the Herald and free- 
lances while on maternity leave. 

"Nothing can replace on-the-job 
training and experience," she says. "The 
more you write, the better you become." 
While at VCU, she wrote for the 
Commonwealth Times and freelanced for 
pubUcations like The News-Leader, 


Richmond Surroundings and Style Weekly. 
"Going to an urban university helped me 
make more contact with those opportuni- 
ties than I would have attending a rural or 
suburban campus," Farrell says. "I can't tell 
you enough how working at the CT helped 
me. It was an independent, student-nm 
newspaper then and we took that very seri- 
ously. We learned from each other. I met 
some of the most creative and talented 
people I know there." 

Although she'd rather work for a news- 
paper's Sunday magazine section, Farrell 
says those types of publications are a dying 
breed because of corporate cutbacks made 



South Florida 


by newspaper publishers. She's happy with 
her current education beat because it deals 
with so many different issues. "Of course, 
by nature, journalists are never entirely 
pleased with their current situation," she 
admits, "so I'm always looking for some- 
thing better!" 

Her most difficult story was published 
last year in her newspaper's Tropic 
magazine section. FarreU's extensive article 
documented how two controversial school 
board members ruled the school district 
with political favors, including promoting 
major campaign contributors, in \'iolation 
of state law. "Neither board member 
wanted to cooperate for the stor)' and one 
tried to discourage people from talking to 

me," Farrell remembers. "I was accused of 
being a racist and anti-Hispanic, and one 
board member compared me to the pho- 
tographers that 'hounded' Princess Diana 
to her death." 

Farrell often has to \valk a fine line 
when researching and writing potentially 
controversial stories. "I think trust in jour- 
nalists has declined because the public feels 
we're only out to get the stor)- for the glor\- 
of it all — not because it's a service," she 
sa^-s. "That may drive some journalists. But 
most of us got into this business because, 
despite all the skepticism, we possessed a 
corny optimism that we could right some 
\sTongs. Most of us are still preny corny 
although we like to pretend we're not" 


Like Farrell, Ronnie Greene '86BS/MC 
reports for The Miami Herald. Greene 
uses the Internet as a tool to assist his 
investigations: "The Internet and 
computer analysis can help us a great 
deal as journalists, but it can ne%'er take 
the place of face to face inter\ie\s's, 
talking to people and leg work. It's like 
the heart and soul together. We canit just 
sit at our desk, surf the net, and get easy 
answers there. It canit be the end alL" 

He tells how his newspaper created 
databases of campaign contributions and 
politicians' appointment calendars to aid 
a team of reporters examining the role of 
lobbyists in how the government grants 
contracts. "For these stories, we use a 
slew of computer searches. We obtained 
a computerized list of all lobb\-ist regis- 
trations. If I want to find if a comf)any 
hired a specific lobbyist for a job, I can 
get the answer with a few ke\'strokes. 
From my desk, I can check the FEC for 
federal campaign contributions. I can 
pull federal public 
disclosure forms." 

He continues on 
the benefits of on- 
line research, T use 
the Internet to pull 
public records at 
the state Division 
of Corporations. 
Before, I'd have to 
call a state office, 
wait until someone 
answered, then ask 
a clerk to pull 

records. If I wanted copies, it took days. 
Now, in a few minutes, I can find all 
officers of a specific company and all the 
corporations linked to an individual." 

Other investigative work, says Greene, 
requires "shoe-leather reporting." He 
explains that even with the Internet as a 
starting point, "A lengthy investigation 
story still takes time. That means review- 
ing years worth of public meeting 
minutes, looking for patterns in how 
government contracts are awarded. It 
means pulling dozens of county con- 
tracts by hand and scrutinizing the fine 
print. It means interviews and more 

He had an early start on investigative 
reporting at the Commonwealth Times. "I 
spent an evening at the MCV hospital 
emergency room for one story, and spent 
several weeks interviewing members of a 
religious sect for another." He continues, 
"I wrote about campus crime, profiled 
Life at the maximum security state prison 
and detailed how people with AIDS were 
being shunned by society. Those 

stories — and many, many more — await 
any student journalist with aspirations to 
dig beyond press releases and public 

Greene remembers the university as 
"a creative, invigorating place to study 
journalism, and Richmond is an excel- 
lent laboratory for students. VCU offered 
good training, and I tried to take fiill 
advantage. That meant taking a journal- 
ism major and learning from top-notch 
pros." His summer internship took him 
to The Palm Beach Post in Florida. 

After graduation, Greene was hired by 
Tlte Post. Despite his extensive experi- 
ence, he quickly recognized the differ- 
ence between college and a daily newspa- 
per. "When I came to southern Florida 
to work as a journalist in 1986, it was an 
extremely competitive market," Greene 
relates, citing the area's four other news- 
papers. "I wasn't really prepared for that, 
but once I got into I really enjoyed 
getting in there and slugging it out with 
the other papers." 

He joined The Miami Herald's inves- 
tigative staff in 1998. "South Florida is a 
great place to cover news, and the paper 
is committed to investigative journal- 
ism," he says. Investigative journalism is 
mostiy hard work, Greene explains, with 
long, tedious hours digging through files, 
knocking on doors and conducting 
countless interviews. "But if you do your 
job right, it's worth it in the long run. If 
you take the time to do it right, we as a 
newspaper can do a story in a way that 
no one else can do it." And The Miami 
Herald takes the time to do it right, 
Greene says. He was part of a team that 
dedicated about eight months to analyz- 
ing South Florida's criminal justice 
system, winning several national awards 
for investigative reporting. 

Whether investigating of the region's 
criminal justice sentencing patterns or 
government contracts, Greene approach- 
es each story from the same perspective. 
"It's a great thing to see a newspaper 
trigger change. It's pubUc service journal- 
ism. That's what we should be striving 
for as journalists." 


with a Camera 


While many print journalists see their 
stories posted on a web site, photograph- 
er David Alan Harvey's '66BS/MC 
presence on the Internet is much more 
extensive than the average journalist's. 
The National Geographic photographer 
has a special section, "Visions Gallery 
Portfolio," on its web site dedicated to 
his work. Through the site, Harvey also 
offers advice to aspiring photographers. 
In a June web cast. National Geographic 
took Internet guests on a virtual tour of 
Cuba with the photographer as their 
"Uve on-line" guide. Although he pub- 
lishes in print in one of the most tradi- 
tional family magazines, the Internet has 
certainly served Harvey in terms of 

promoting his work and his new 
book, Cuba. 

He easily dismisses the suggestion that 
print journalism is shrinking in the news 
market due to the Intemetis influence. 
He has heard the same "doomsday" 
comments since 1966, he says, when it 
was thought that television would kill the 
print medium. According to Harvey, 
today's worriers are just as wrong: 
"Because of technology there are more 
opportunities than ever. If someone's a 
serious photographer or a serious writer, 
there's going to be a place for them." 

Harvey grew up in Virginia Beach 
and explains, "I was making pho- 
tographs, but I was distracted by being 




a teenager. I didn't plan on going to 
college but on racing motorcycles. My 
parents said, 'David, we know you 
haven't been a conformist, but just do 
one thing for your mom and dad: Try 
one year of college.'" 

After looking first to California and 
New York, Harvey turned his attention 
to RPI. "Once I got to college I loved 
school," Harvey admits. Enrolled in the 
journalism department, as it was called at 
the time, Harvey was also attracted to the 
creativity of the Institute's art, drama and 
photography departments. "Any educa- 
tional experience is what you make of it. 
VCU was definitely a turning point," he 
says fondly. "For me personally it was 

Follov«ng graduation from RPI, 
Harvey went on to earn his master's 
degree in photography from the 
University of Missouri. "I then went to 
work for the hottest picture newspaper in 
the country — the Topeka Capital- 
Journal, in Kansas. It was the best first 
job anyone could have," he says. A grant 
fi'om the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 
allowed him to work on a photography 
project of Virginia Beach. National 
Geographic editors eventually accepted 
his first story proposal, about Virginia's 
Tangier Island, which appeared in the 
November 1973 issue. Harvey successfial- 
ly completed several more assignments. 

and finally joined the magazine's staff 
full-time in 1978. Ten years after gradua- 
tion from RPI, Harvey had reached the 
pinnacle of his career. 

Harvey's career has taken him around 
the world, including stops in Italy, Spain, 
Mexico, Trinidad, and Viemam. 
National Geographic asked him to photo- 
graph Native American powwows, stock 
car racing, and artist Andrew Wyeth and 
his family. He spent only seven years on 
the staff of Nrtfiona/ Geographic, then 
began a successful freelance career which 
still included assignments for the 
magazine. A former National Press 
Photographers Association Magazine 

Photographer of the Year, Harvey was 
nominated for membership to the presti- 
gious Magnum photr; agency in 1993 
and became a member three years later. 
He rejoined the National Geographic 
staff this spring. 

Today when not on assignment, 
Harvey finds himself opening exhibits of 
his work and leading photography work- 
shops around the world — this year Italy, 
France, Cuba and the U.S. Tm always 
busy, but I'm not busy taking pictures all 
the time," he says. 

As his career developed, Harvey 
found himself growing fond of his 
favorite photographic subject — the si^ts 
and sounds of the South American 
people. "I fell in love with Spain and 
Latin America 20 years ago," he says. 
"I've done a lot of Spanish speaking 
stories." Harvey's love for the Latin 
world recently focused on Cuba, "It's a 
good place for a street photographer. 
Hemingway fell in love with Cuba; it's 
an easy place to fall in love with." 

The island nation can be seen 
through Har\'e)''s e\^es in the June 1999 
issue of National Geographic, on an 
Ortober "National Geographic Explorer" 
tele\'ision segment dedicated to Hars'es' 
and his photos, and in his forthcoming 
book Har\'ey is currentiy working on 
another book, A Di\ided Soul, %vhich 
chronicles his 20 years photographing 
Latin American culture. 



F .\ L L 19 9 9 

Business Editor 

B U S T O S 

"I re^ly wonder how we as journalists got 
along without the Internet," says Sergio 
Busies '87BS/MC. Bom in Chile but raised 
in Northern Virginia, Bustos is living his 
journalistic dream as an associate editor at 
Latin Trade, a monthly business magazine 
based in Miami. Bustos' responsibilities 
have taken him to Sao Paulo, Brazil, San 
Jose, Costa Rica and the Dominican 
Republic, covering trade and investment 
news in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

As he made the transition from news- 
papers to a magazine, Bustos has been 
aided by the growth of the Internet: "It's 
revolutionized the way I do my job. I use 
an on-line rolodex: an address book orga- 
nized by Yahoo! It makes it easy for me to 
carry wherever I go — be it home, the road 
or the office. I use the Yahoo! News Clipper 
by putting in keywords like Latin, Mexico 
and brasil." He uses e-mail interviews vnth 
"an economist in Chile, retail banking 
experts in Brazil, an automotive consultant 
in Brasilia and several others who may not 
have time to have a face-to-face or tele- 
phone interview." 

The growing pains of the Internet have 
also affected his six-year old magazine. 
"Like hundreds of other publications, we're 
still struggling wdth what the hell this is 
supposed to be," he says of the world wide 
web, "and what we're supposed to do with 
it." Several years ago, as the magazine 
struggled to define its electronic presence, 
an entire issue was placed on their web site. 
Today Latin Trade on-line publishes the 
table of contents for each issue and 
"teasers" (the first page of an article) which 
Bustos says "give readers an idea about 
what the magazine has to offer them." 

Latin Trade offers more in-depth 
coverage than daily newspapers or elec- 
tronic media. Magazine stories take time, 
says Bustos, "With a magazine, I find 
myself having to interview far more people 
and trying to pinpoint an angle for a story 
that will be fresh whether you read it today 
or early next year. I am writing more in- 
depth pieces. We stiU cover stories that 
appear elsewhere. We simply try to give it a 

different spin." 
Bustos joined the 
magazine in 1997 as 
an associate editor. 
After 12 years 
reporting for news- 
papers including the 
Inquirer, Bustos sees 
a difference in 
reporting styles. 
"We have a more 
focused audience 
and more time. I try 
to write more about trends than daily 
events. At a daily paper you'd be writing 
about every little event, rather than the 
evolution of the story." 

Bustos sees the growth of e-mail news 
services, on-line publications and regional 
on-line newsletters as a growing area of 
competition to his magazine. "If you'd 
have asked me two years ago where this 
thing is heading, should a print journalist 
be worried about this, I'd have said no 
way," he says. "Today, I'm not so sure. The 
skills of a journalist wonit change. But I 
would question what should goon paper 
now." He states that the skills of a journal- 
ist will always be needed, even in the age of 
electronic media. He adds, "the knowledge 
needed by a journalist will narrow. For 
example, a friend of mine works for 
Bloomberg News [business news service] 
and he now feels like an information 
broker. He must know the securities field 
and he must know every detail of the 
industry and companies he covers." 

As a student at VCU, Bustos especially 
appreciated the personal attention he 
received from his professors, including 
"old- fashioned newspaper editor" Jack 
Hunter. Bustos says, "I still remember to 
this day what he used to tell me, 'If you 
want to be a good journalist, you have to 
read and write and read and write and read 
and write. You may never become an 
Ernest Hemingway, but you can still 

become a good 

vmter.'" Professor 
James Terpin directed 
him to his first intern- 
ship. "Those are two 
gentleman that I 
remember distinctly. They were 
inspirational, and they just 
seemed to care about students." 

Bustos, who stiU keeps in 
contact with several classmates, 
says the university's racial diver- 
sity made an impression on him 
as well. "There were so many dif- 
ferent people there, from so 
many different backgrounds, of 
so many different colors," he 
remembers. "There was a huge 
mix of people from small towns, 
and also from larger urban 
areas." He believes this diversity helped to 
prepare him for a career in journalism. 

Bustos wrote for the Philadelphia 
Inquirer for eight years; and he received a 
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for a 
series of stories that reported how police 
violated the rights of farm workers. He was 
also part of a team of journalists who were 
finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for 
uncovering a tainted state election involv- 
ing the use of fraudulent absentee ballots. 
While working for the Inquirer, he says, "I 
was awarded a year-long mid-career jour- 
nalism fellowship at the University of 
Southern California. I spent nine months 
in Los Angeles and lived and traveled in 
Mexico and Cuba." 

Two years at Latin Trade has confirmed 
for Bustos: "The story of Latin America in 
the 1990s is business." The magazine 
reports on business in countries with rela- 
tively new, post-dictatorial economies. 
Despite the economic and political volatili- 
ty of the region and the poverty of many 
Latin American countries, Bustos works 
hard to put a human face on the stories he 
covers. As his career progresses, Bustos says 
he could return to a daily newspaper as a 
reporter or editor, go into electronic jour- 
nalism exclusively or even public relations. 
He says, "Journalism for me has been very 
rewarding, I've been places I never would 
have gone." 



New York 



While still in school, Lisa Brownlce 
'93BS/MC wrote for the Commonwealth 
Times, Reflections in Ink, and interned at 
The Richmond Times-Dispatch. After 
graduating in the public relations track, 
she moved to an internship on the copy 
desk at The Wall Street Journal, in New 
York. This year, she took a job as a 
media, entertainment and telecommuni- 
cations reporter for The New York Post's 
Business Section. "I'm not going to be 
writing page six gossip or anything," she 
says. "It's a truly exciting job." She thinks 
in some ways her new job will almost be 
like working for the Commonwealth 
Times, because of the section's smaller 
staff. "The section is smaller, but people 
in media circles here read it religiously," 
she says of the 198-year-old paper. 

Brownlee is enjoying the new beat: "I 
get to do local coverage, and not leave 
New York." In the media capital of the 
world, Brownlee's "local coverage" of 
local business entertainment news will 
include the world's media giants like 
Time- Warner, and major entertainment 
issues including on-line music, cable 
television issues and the rapidly growing 
technology issues surrounding cable 
companies. This reporter is aware of the 
competition between media. "Other 
media do matter," she says, noting that 
print editors watch television during the 
day to see how stories are covered and to 
learn what isn't being covered by their 
electronic counterparts. 

Speaking specifically about business 
news, Brownlee explains, "Keeping an 
ear or eye on what electronic media are 
doing throughout the day works to print 
media's advantage in that you can get a 
sense of broad reaction. It certainly 
makes life easier to glance up at a screen 
and see what the Dow did if you're 
writing a story about why xyz company's 
stock went in the opposite direction." 

Brovmlee disagrees with the nay- 
sayers who think that electronic media 
will spell the end to traditional newspa- 
per: "I don't think that print is dead. I 
think that in certain markets, print is on 
the wane. But in this market, I take the 
train to work, I get a cup of coffee, and I 
can pick up two or three papers at a news 
stand. People like that." But she admits, 
"Part of the future wiU be the Internet. 
You go to the Internet and get what you 
want, while television is more directed at 

While not every city has multiple 
newspapers like New York, many 
Americans can access multiple news 
sources on the web. The ease of access 
"helps local newspapers stay abreast of 
how their colleagues in other markets are 
handling coverage," according to 
Brownlee. Electronic media, she believes, 
"creates competition in terms of timing. 
The faster a media oudet can publish 
news, the more competitive it is. Also, 
the presentation or simplicity of making 
the information available is important." 

She continues, "Graphic*, links and 
repackaged data are even more impor- 
tant. I aLw think that word of mouth, or 
buzz,' is critical for a web site. If pwjple 
start talking about a site's content, there 
Is a tendency for the curious to visit If 
you can get surfers to bfxjkmark your 
site, they're hooked." Internet news is 
not necessarily the latest news. "The 
content I tend to read on the Internet is 
usually re-canned print content," 
Brownlee says. 

After six years as a New York journal- 
ist, Brownlee points out that one skill 
applies equally to television, print, and 
the Internet "No matter what the 
medium, reporters still have to know 
how to report a story. There are different 
types of journalists, because there are dif- 
ferent types of journalism but there is no 
'big-time,' 'small-time' distinction, 
between The Wall Street foumal and a 
small town weekly newspaper," she 
explains. "You're going to get called by 
the people you cover, at either a small 
newspaper or a national ne\s'si)ap>er. At 
all levels, the reporters still have to be 
kept honest, and have to keep the people 
they cover honest" 

Brownlee looks fonvard to continu- 
ing the career she began while still in 
Richmond. "I just hope 111 always be in a 
position where I'll be doing what I want 
to be doing, and right now, I am. And 
that's a good thing." 

Jim Meisner Jr. studied broadcast news 
and is a public relations professional 
and an actor. 

Adcenter, Encore! 

The School of Mass Communications has even 
more to be proud of lately. For the second year in 
a row, VCU Adcenter teams wowed 'em at the 
prestigious national One Show in New York Cit)'. 
Fiity-three schools competed wth a total of 400 
entries in May, and the Adcenter team came a\vay 
with 12ofthe21 prizes: the gold, silver and 
bronze, as well as 18 merit awards. When the 
Adcenter won the top three One Show student 
awards last year, it \i3s a first — no school had done 
that Since the Show began in 1975. 

The VCU Adcenter is the first graduate adver- 
tising program to combine a business-oriented 
strategic track for account managers and account 
planners with a aeative program for art directors 
and writers. The hvo-year program works like a 
real ageno', according to director Diane Cook- 
Tench, with student artists and writers teamed 
with students on the marketing and business 
side — "which makes our ads sharper, and gi\'es 
oiu' students a definite edge." 

lacob Baas and Chris Carraway '99MS/MC 
took the gold, Amanda Berger '99MS/MC and 

Steve McElligott the siher. with N"ic Fantl anc 
Tom Randall taking bronze. Carraw-ay is now with 
Ground Zero, a five-year-old ad\'ertising firm in 
Santa Monica, which boasts total biDiD^ of S55 

Other recent student .Ad \'entur€s indude a 
campaign tor the X'iisjnia State Bar 'You ha\Te 
rights. Lawyers protect them." .And dial's no kke. 
Students have also >vorked on public art projects 
with .Art 1 SO, a group of Richmond artists collabo- 
rating with inner dt\' children. 


F .\ L L 19 9 9 

Holding Court v->' 

Tuxedos and evening gowns filled the court floor at 
the grand opening gala of the Stuart C. Siegel Center 
on June 10. Legislators, ESPN personalities, and sports 
stars joined alumni and fiiends marking the Center's 
official opening. 

Before VCU's basketball and volleyball 
teams took center court this fall in the 7,500 
seat Alltel Pavilion, hundreds of VCU 
students and participants in neighbor- 
hood programs had christened the floor 
with coimtless pick-up games and other 
activities — ^by mid-August, more than 
64,000 people had used the Center. 
In another part of the building, 
students (not just varsity athletes) can 
elevate their heart rates on many stairmas- '^ -^^ s 

ters, treadmills, and stationary bikes and lift 
weights in the state-of-the-art recreation center. 
Looking through plexiglass windows, students watch 
their peers play pick-up games on the recreational 
basketball/volleyball court; and the multipurpose 
room resonates with students working out in 
kickboxing, aerobics and capoeiria — the Brazilian 
dance and martial art. 

Women's Volleyball, the first varsity team to 
compete on the new court, swept Maryland Eastern 
Shore, 15-0, 15-0, 15-2— in twenty-seven minutes, an 
NCAA record. A new era of Rams basketball will begin 
at the complex on November 19, when the women's 
team faces West Virginia University and the men play 
against the University of Louisville. 

The Siegel Center means more than sports for the 
university. Conference rooms, team lounge and the 
Donor Room host special events. The Alltel Pavilion 
has already hosted 4,000 competitors in Virginia's 
Odyssey of the Mind state final; more than 3,000 for a 
sit-dovm dinner at the Red Cross national convention; 
and 1 1 high school and university graduations. As a 
mid-sized convention and exhibition site, it hosts 
concerts, conferences and shows, bringing thousands 
of visitors to VCU. 




Mastering the Game 

Coaching, negotiating sponsorships and 
contracts, and managing athletic 
venues are just a few of tlie professions 
for which the VCU SportsCenter will 
prepare its students. Part of the 
Department of Recreation and 
Tourism in the School of Education, 
this new graduate program will give 
students hands-on experience in all 
aspects of both amateur and professional 
sports management. David Maraghy, pres- 
ident of Sports Management International 
is the Center's executive director. The 
SportsCenter's first class began coursework this 
fall and will earn a Master's in Sports Leadership at 
the end of 18 months. 

"We're contacted regularly by individuals who want to 
know how to get into the athletics business, and we hear 
from industry leaders nationwide who increasingly are 
lamenting that job candidates lack practical experience and 
need additional on-the-job training," says Richard Sander, 
director of athletics. 

An advisory board of nationally recognized coaches, ESPN 
sportscasters, professional athletes and CAA officials helped 
develop the program. Board members include sports luminar- 
ies Bruce Arena, Randy Cross, Roy Firestone, Willie Lanier, 
George Raveling, Dick Schaap, Tubby Smith, lohn Smoltz, and 
Robert Wrenn. "There is a tremendous need in amateur and 
professional sports for the type of leaders which the 
SportsCenter will graduate: well-prepared in both theory and 
experience," says Del Harris, former head coach of the L.A. 
Lakers and board member. 

The advisory board will maintain a close connection to 
VCU. "Our board members want to come to campus. They 
want to share their expertise with our students," says executive 
director Maraghy. "We just held our first intensive continu- 
ing education seminar in Sports Business in June. We 
offered practical experience insights, as well as the 
theory behind marketing, to 20 students tor five 
days, eight hours a day," he continues. Led by 
Dr. Pamela Kiecker, Chair of the Department 
of Marketing and Business Law at the School 
of Business, the course included special 
guest lectures by professionals like Ken 
Kurek, who sold all the sponsorships for 
1994 World Cup Soccer and the 1996 
Atlanta Olympics. 
The program offers two tracks: coaching 
and sports administration. Students complete 

work in a 
core curricu- 
lum in the first 
twelve months; in the 
next six months, they will intern 
with professional or amateur athletic organizations. Students 
wiQ also gain practical experience at VCL"s expanding athletic 
venues including the Siegel Center and the Sports Backers 
Stadium dedicated in August. 

In the year 2000, students will have an exceptional opportu- 
nity to expand their hands-on experience when tvvo major 
events come to the Siegel Center the NC\A Women's East 
Regional Basketball Championships and the 
Final Four Women's NCAA Volleyball 

The SportsCenter also 
offers a certification program 
for current coaches and 
continuing education for 
professional teams, large 
sporting goods enterprises, 
organizers of major events, 
coaches, and other local, 
national and international 
sports organizations. Continu- 
ing education seminars will be 
offered both on and oft" campus. 

For more information about the 
SportsCenter, call (804) 828-8326 or (877) 799-4287 (toll firee). 

Mary Reynolds was interim editor of VCU alumni magazines 
this spring and summer. 



F -^ L L 19 9 9 

r^ r> 



Some people think they're corny, 

but '%ow we met" stories will 

never go out of style. The couples 

who share their stories here are 

diverse, hut they have several 

things in common. They're in 

love, and have heen for quite a 

while. But the romances didn't 

start with throngs of violins and 

roses; these long-lived lovers were 

friends from the start. VCU and 

Richmond provided a framework 

for shared interests in music, 

religion, art, and history; they 

rem.em.her the university as a 

place for fun and friendship. 

%at ^yOs Sckoo 

Remember the Chesterfield Tea Room? Morton's? Johnson's 
Burger Bar? The Mosque? The Rathskeller? The International 
Food Festival when it wasn't crowded? Take a trip down 
memory lane with Tony '79BS/H&S '82BS/P and Corrine 
Rowlette '80BS/H&S. Their courtship took them to the best 
and most affordable places in Richmond back in the late 1970s. 

Tony met Corrine in 1976 when he pledged for Kappa 
Alpha Psi fraternity. Corrine was a member of its auxiliary 
group, Kappa BCittens. Pancake dinners at Pace United 
Methodist Church, which the fraternity adopted, were among 
the activities that helped their friendship grow. But the magic 
moment came at the 1977 Natalie Cole concert at The Mosque:| 
Cole sang "Inseparable," and, says Corrine, "we knew we 
were serious." 

When the undergraduates met, Corrine was studying in the 
Psychology Department and Tony, in the Department of 
Chemistry. Tony would later attend the MCV School of 
Pharmacy and graduate in 1982. The two had much in 
common. They were both raised as Baptists, and their faith 
continues to play a strong role in their relationship. Tony was 
ordained as a deacon at his home church, Bethesda Baptist 
Church in Chesterfield. Both grew up in homes with older 
parents, so they understood the ups and dovms of caring for 
elderly parents. Fraternity activities meant they had many 
friends and activities in common. They volunteered and played 
with the kids at St. Joseph's Villa (then the Crippled Children's 
Hospital), where Tony tells, "I almost had my head run over by 
a boy on a bike." They also worked on the Halloween Haunted 
House to benefit the Boy's Club. 

Tony and Corrine made sure they didn't miss dancing at 
Rathskeller functions and attending the Ebony Fashion Show, 
an annual event which raised money for scholarships. The 
International Food Festival was another day "we always made a 
date, not to schedule anything else in," says Corrine. "It was a 
complete day of hanging out, with no pressure." At the time, 
the food festival was a "best kept secret," according to Corrine. 

The Chesterfield Tea Room was another meeting place. 
When the African-American pair first started eating there, they 
caused a bit of a stir. Everyone was accustomed to African- 
American staff and white patrons. Tony and Corrine made 
friends v«th both, and over time, the elderly patrons of the tea 
room grew fond of the couple. "They realized these kids 




wouldn't bite!" Corrine laughs. The people, staff and patrons, 
jjccame "like an extended family," Tony says. "It was very emo- 
tional when we graduated." 

Sally Bell was another favorite lunch spot, despite the rather 
dragonish staff. "I went in on Valentine's day to get a box lunch 
for me and Tony," Corrine relates. "I asked, do you have 
anything special? They said, no! And then we opened our 
lunches and there was a cupcake with a heart in the icing." The 
two also ate heartily at John.son's Burger Bar. This was not your 
patty-by-the-million fast food joint — Johnson's was a family- 
owned business with the best burgers in town. 

In 1982, Tony and Corrine were married. Active in the 
Alumni Association, they served on reunion committees, with 
Tony co-chairing his School of Pharmacy ten-year reunion 
with Annie Mehfoud. Tony is also a past president of the 
African-American Alumni Council. 

Tony describes himself as "your friendly pharmacist," at 
Riverside Rehabilitation Institute in Newport News, VA. 

Corrine works on a variety of projects as 
Regional Employee Ombudsman for 
the Department of Corrections in 
Suffolk, VA, including investi- 
gating and drafting responses 
to state employee job-related 
issues and grievances, and 
preparing and delivering 
presentations on ethics, 
diversity and sexual 
harassment.. Their five- 
year-old son Curtis keeps 
them both on their toes, 
and they are very much 
involved with Tony's 
mother, Ruth Rowlette. Tony 
and Corrine are members of 
the East End Baptist Church in 
Suffolk, VA, where Tony is as a 
deacon. The family participates in 
various groups in the church. Tony 
and Corrine belong to local and national organiza- 
tions including the two that brought them 
together at VCU: Kappa Alpha Psi and Kappa 

Their advice to other VCU couples? "Stay 
focused," says Tony. Tony also believes it's 
important for student couples to understand 
each other's fields as well as their own. 
Corrine adds, "It's important to take your 
education seriously, but take time to smell the 
roses. Enjoy college: these are your memories.' 


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Picture the drama department of a'tiearly all-womm s 
college — RPI during World War II, when the men were ofl:" 
to war. Meg Conner '49BFA remembers 30 mostly \vomen 
students directed, acted and made the sets for the Institute's 

dramatic productions. With so few men, women often played 
male roles. I^ymond Hfjdges was directfjr of the Drama 
Department. Students built sets and rehearsed in the basement 
of Dean Henry Hibbs' residence at 910 West Franklin Street; 
when the students were too loud, someone would pwund on 
the dining room floor. Meg audited ajurses at RPI because 
visual difficulty had prevented her from earning a high school 
diploma. Nevertheless, she plunged eagerly into set design in 
the drama department and occasionally acted. 

The war ended and Jim Conner '49BS/H&S was among the 
returning veterans. A tall and intellectually intense student of 
psychology, he stirred up his female bridge partners with 
debates in philosophy, psychology and the meaning of life. 
Because Meg didn't play bridge, she didn't take part in the 
debates. But her dorm mates in the Founder's Hall f "Srd 
East" — the third floor of the annexj were coming home bleary- 
eyed from the card games and they blamed it on Jim Conner. 
So when Meg ran into Jim on the stairs of the administration 
building, she had him pegged. "So you're the one keeping my 
friends up late with philosophical debate," she said. 

Their romance certainly didn't grow with a scent of roses. 
They developed a friendship, meeting with each other after 
Jim's shift as a dishwasher in the dining room. He worked for 
65 cents an hour, the highest pay on campus. "He was pretty 
fragrant," Meg says. The dining room was convenienth' 
located — for the women who lived in the dorms above-in the 
basement of Founder's Hall. Their relationship grew as they 
studied together. Jim read course work to Meg, and she \s'as his 
guinea pig, taking I.Q. tests he needed to practice. "I came out 
one point ahead of him on the IQ test," Meg recalls, "but he 
held my hand throughout it, so it probably was unscientific!" 

As the year went on they became serious, and in .August 
1948, they married in Norfolk, then returned to Richmond to 
finish school. Meg remembers her first year of marriage as 
"skinny" financially but they relished it all. Their bicycles took 
them wherever they wanted to go. The\' lived in an apartment 
in a sagging 100-year-old house near Monroe Park, with wood 
stoves, a real icebox — the kind you put blocks 
of ice in to keep the food cold. The\" 
paid S25 monthly to their 
landlady, "Granny." Meg 
worked at Thalhimers on 
Broad Street and \s-alked 
to \Nork. 

Jim studied ps\"chol- 
ogy under Dr. Curt 
Bondy, whom he 
describes as ha\ing a 
"monumental mind." Tim 
sa^'S Bond\-"s "buD-dog face" 
didn't succeed in hiding a kind 
and warm heart which had sur\TV"ed 
the cruelt)- of internment in a concentration 
camp, ^\^^en Jim \"a%\'ned too much in class, the Freudian 
Bondv took him aside. "I want to tell you," he said eamesth" in 
hea\ily accented German, "vou onh'have so much libidol You 
must balance it." 



F .\ l 1 19 9 9 

Jim's fatigue was likely due as much to his course load as to 
his marital duties. He felt old to be in school and doubled up 
on his courses in a race to finish; he graduated at age 24. At the 
same time, he was helping Meg with her schooling. Meg passed 
her GED exam, then earned her BFA in Drama from RPI. 

Through the years, Jim and Meg Conner taught and 
mentored students at all levels, from elementary to college, 
throughout the midwest and the eastern seaboard. They have 
both contributed to the national best-selling Chicken Soup for 
the Soul series. Jim has had a varied career including President 
of Wheelcock College in Boston, MA, and master speech writer 
for the Governor of North Carolina. Meg runs her own public 
relations company and recentiy published the third edition of 
her sourcebook, Career Mentoring Works! The couple recentiy 
donated a Shakespeare collection to CabeO Library. 

At home in Raleigh, NC, 50 years later, the two remember 
RPI as a place that supported their aspirations. Despite Meg's 
visual challenges, she found that the Institute's staff 
and her fiiends helped her earn a bachelor's 
degree, something she never would have 
thought possible. Jim continued his educa- 
tion, receiving a doctorate in education from 
the University of Maryland. To congratulate 
him for earning his Ed.D., Meg gave him a 
Life Membership to the VCU Alumni 
Association. Jim's opportunity to study 
under "such extraordinary minds," as RPI's 
Dr. Bondy, Dr. Miles Woods and speech profes 
sor Ms. PhUlips remains in his memory . . . 
along with meeting and courting his wife of 50 years. 

Vunh Hoch firtists 

It took Lori Blackmon Hunrni '84BA/H&S and Bill Hiunm 
'83BFA a long time to realize they were meant for each other. 
In the meantime, they expressed their friendship with 
exchanges of tasteful gifts: the dead fish nailed to the dormitory 
door, the "Lips" t-shirt encased in chicken wire. 

"He was an unusual person," says Lori, "and I was an 
unusual person." They met, however, in conventional circum- 
stances, in the "Freshman Living Program," a year-long resi- 
dence program in Johnson Hall. During their stint in the dorm, 
Lori, Bill and several other students became close friends. Bill 
describes the group: "We were known for doing things against 
the rules." Throwing water balloons from the windows at the 
Mr. Softee truck was a prank they enjoyed. The fish gift? When 
their dorm group did "Secret Santa" one year, Lori traded to 
get Bill's name. She knew that he would "get it" when she gave 
him the fish. He did. True to his artistic natiu-e, the sculpture 
major drew the fish. The "Lips" t-shirt enshrined in chicken 
wire and hung on a wall, a tribute to Lori's nickname, didn't go 
over as well. "She took it wrong," BiU confesses with a chuckle. 

Beyond bizarre gifts, they shared an affinity for punk rock, 
going to dance bars like Kaos 2000, Benny's, Stuffy's Upstairs 
and the Cha Cha Palace. Their favorite local bands included 
Beex, the Heretics, the Orthotonics, Death Piggy, Good Guys, 
Yeast Men, the Rage and Susie Saxon. As program director of 

the campus radio station WVCW, Lori dedicated "obscure 
songs" to BiU. They constantiy experimented in the arts: "There 
was always a film being made, tape recordings of experimental 
music — lots of equipment running," says Bill. Lori adds, "We 
were known for having unique parties that fiightened others 
away." At the now-legendary Texas-Wisconsin Border bar, 
their finendship thrived in the tight-knit arts community. 

After graduation, Bill married someone else and moved 
from Richmond. Lori also moved away. They returned to 
Richmond — Bill, to take a new job, and Lori, to enter VCU's 
Public Policy Ph.D. program. After Bill's divorce, the two 
reunited when a college fiiend began hosting regular dinners. 
They found themselves talking for hours and hours; "it was like 
picking up where we left off," says BiU. There wasn't one 
"magic moment" — there were many. They would find them- 
selves up at four o'clock in the morning, talking without even 
noticing the passage of time. They shared 
again their love of "oddball movies, 
oddbaU music," BiU explains, with 
no gap. And the interest in elec- 
tronic equipment continued 
as well. Bill says he knew 
Lori was "a keeper" when 
she proved to have a knowl- 
edge of electronics that 
matched — or surpassed — his 
own. BiU fondly caUs it their 
"geek side." 

In 1998, BiU and Lori married. 
BiU is now a partner in the multimedia 
company Prismatec, which produces education 
software and museum exhibits for cUents including the Library 
of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, Library of Congress and 
the National Museum of Jewish American History. Lori teaches 
Introduction to Information Systems at the School of Business, 
and is due to finish her Ph.D. from the Center for Pubhc PoUcy 
in May 2000. They continue to share a love of the offbeat, says 
Lori, "wacky things and long drives to explore quirky sides of 
tile state." 


the Bachomund 

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Kevin '83BSm and Gail Coles Johnson '86BS/B didn't meet at 
VCU, and yet they were around each other much more than 
they realized. The official introduction actually took place at 
Hogate's Restaurant in Washington, DC. An informal alumni 
gathering had come together, and they both happened to be 
there. "We met during happy hour," says Kevin, and it turned 
out to be a happy hour indeed. After the evening was over, 
Kevin offered Gail a ride to her home in Silver Spring, MD, 
and she accepted. What she found out later prompted her to 
reciprocate wdth a home-cooked meal: Kevin lived far away in 
Alexandria, VA. 

As it turned out, they had known just about everyone 
during their coUege years except each other. Kevin was in Phi 
Beta Sigma fraternity, Gail belonged to Alpha Kappa Alpha 
sorority, and the two groups shared many activities. The orga- 


nizations supported one another's pledges each year, raised 
money through cabarets (semi-formal balls), and competed in 
the annual Greek stepshow in the I'ranklin Street gymnasium. 
Gail and Kevin both worked with I Jr. liarl Wheatfall in the 
Office of Special Services, now 

called Academic Affairs. Along 
with their friends, the two 
spent time in off-campus 
hang-outs like Lum's 
Restaurant, Burger 
King, Aunt Sarah's 
on Broad Street. 
They were both 
business majors, 
although they 
graduated from 
different classes. 
Photographs from 
their VCU days show that 
Kevin took photos with Gail in 
the background, and Kevin shows up 
Jn Gail's pictiu-es from the stepshows. They had so many 

lends in common that their wedding in 1993 was a 
^ scene of some merry confiision. "It was hilarious," 
said Gail. "Our friends didn't know which side to sit 
I on, the groom's side or the bride's side." 

Their relationship with VCU remains warm. 
"We've been at every reunion," says Gail. They are 
active in the African- American Alimini Council and 
1 School of Business activities. Beginning in 1988, 
Cevin became very active in School of Business 
efforts to build an Alimmi Board of Directors where 
le served for four years. His participation on the Board 
lied to his graduation from the Executive Potential 
I Program in 1996 (sponsored by his employer); and he was 
featured on the School of Business Alumni Wall of Fame. 
Kevin and Gail now live in Somerville, Nl, where they 
moved after a double promotion, Kevin with the IRS and Gail 
with AT&T. The couple has three sons: Cameron, age one; 
Christopher, two; and Kevin, three. Of the University and 
romance, Kevin says, "Even though Gail and I didn't know 
each other at VCU, the fact that we participated in the same 
activities and had the same friends makes VCU a place of 
fond memories." 

}l£xt 'Door mcihrs 

"She came 10,000 miles to be the proverbial girl next door." 
That's how John Campbell '87BS '89MS/MC describes his 
meeting with his wife Evelyn '87MS/MC. It certainly wasn't in 
Evelyn's plans. She was at VCU to get her master's degree in 
Mass Communications and then she was going back home to 
work — to Malaysia. John also studied in the same program at 
the time. 

Evelyn and three women shared an apartment at Coloniaiy 
Tree House graduate housing in Richmond. One of Evelyn's 

roommates thought it would be a g<xxi idea to get to know 
their neighbors, since thty exfjectcd to be around for a oiuple 
of years. So she invited the bfjys — John and his roommates — 
over for dinner, and they went to a play at the ShaftT fx»urt 
I-'layhoase. 'ITie next day, John and Evelyn attended Mass 
at Sacred Heart. 

For a long time, Evelyn and John were good buddies. Tlicy 
attended Mass together, went to Friendl/s on Brfxjk Rr^ad for 
ice-cream^ — "lots of that," Evelyn remembers. Their mutual 
love of Irish music made them regulars at Penny Lane Pub, 
although neither of them drink alcohol John's mother invited 
Evelyn to spend her first Thanksgiving vi^th the family in Nev%' 
Jersey. But still, Evelyn and John were just friends. VNlien 
Christmas came around, Evelyn went to stay with an aunt in 
Canada, and John stayed with his famDy. The "magic moment" 
happened when they were apart. They missed each other more 
than they expected. That January, their relationship deejjened, 
and their outings became dates. 

Despite the fact that they both came from 
larger cities, they found plent\' of interesting 
things to do together. "For someone 
from across the world," says Evelyn, 
"it was all new and exciting." John 
agrees, "We did the touristy 
things;" he remembers tours of 
the Valentine Museum and his- 
torical houses. "Richmond is the 
first .American cit%- 1 could say I 
loved," Eveh-n sa\'s. "People are 
so friendly, and there's so much 
histor)'. It's got its own character." 
Perhaps the ease of Richmond 
was reflected in the ease of their 
relationship. "Nothing was forced," 
lohn says. "We didn't plan or hop)e 
that the relationship would be something 
more, no issues were pushed." Evehu agrees, 
"He just grew on me," she says. John adds, laughing, "Like a 
fungus!" But the pressure-free realm of friendship, plus shared 
values and interests led to marriage in 1988, and the strength to 
overcome scheduling challenges. In 1995, the couple was living 
in Smithiield, John commuted to his teaching position at \'CU, 
and Evehn, who worked in Xortblk, attended a weekend 
program to earn her Master's in Librar.' Science at Catholic 
Universit)' in Washington, DC. The)" \%"ere parents of a young 
child at that point and while Mom went to school, daughter 
Sarah and Dad visited "ever.' museum in DC," Eveh-n declares. 

They returned to Richmond in 1997. E\-elyn, now a law- 
librarian, keeps ties with the staff of the VCU librar\-. where she 
had her first job in the United States. "We have ven- good 
feelings about our VCU experience," says Evelyn, "academically 
and personally." 

Jean Huets is a graphic artist, \vriter and editor in Richmond, 



*Memberofthe VCU Alumni 

1 950s 

Tedd Blevins '59BFA is an art 

and art history professor at Virginia 
Interment College in Bristol, VA. He 
is an artist specializing in oil paintings 
of close-up views of nature. His cre- 
ations of plants, fallen trees, leaves, 
mushrooms and other natural objects 
have been exhibited at the High 
Museiun in Atlanta, GA, and the 
Adams and Davidson Gallery in 
Washington, DC. 

*George Mathews '58BS/B 
'60MS/AH works in die Compliance 
Office of Covenant Health Integrity. 
He lives in Knoxville, TN. 

Carole (Edwards) Merck '59C/A 
is public relations chairman for the 
Virginia Society of the Daughters of 
the American Revolution. She's a 
member of the Chancellor Wythe 
Chapter of DAR, and she and her 
husband John live in Richmond. 

*Robert Rogers '50BS/E is presi- 
dent of H & R East-West, Inc., a 
company that exports American- 
made products to the Far East. Robert 
and his wife Hideko live in Oceanside, 

1 960s 

D. John Armstrong '66BFA is the 

public affairs manager for U. S. Steel 
Group. He joined USX after 17 years 
vnth Westinghouse I^ectric 

Sonny Bowyer '68BFA is the 

owner of Bowyer Studio, Inc. He pho- 
tographs products for companies and 
advertising agencies. He also teaches a 
studio photography course at VCU. 
He lives in Richmond. 

Charles Fincham Jr. '66BS/B is a 
certified fraud examiner and auditor 
with First Health Services Corpora- 
tion. He lives in Marietta, GA. 

Frederic David Fraley '68MSW is 
the director of Social Services in 
Danville, VA. He is a past president of 
the Virginia Council on Social 

*Oma Rebecca Hawkins '63BS/B 
is the president of Columbia State 
Community College in Colimibia, 
TN. She earned a MEd fi^om Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute and State 
University and a PhD in Education 
from the University of Maryland. 

Nancie (Butler) Lightner '67BS 
'89MEd/E is the principal of Warren 
Coimty High School in the Shenan- 
doah Valley. She earned a doctorate in 
education administration and super- 
vision from the University of Virginia. 

Thomas Peters '69AS/En 
'78BS/A is a computer-aided design 
consultant with Interior Planners. He 
is also a state certified professional 
interior designer. Thomas has two 
children and lives in Richmond. 

1 970s 

Steve Reed '77BS/MC writes with 
a correction and an update. Since our 
spring issue, he (not she — our typo) has 
been promoted from senior copywriter 
to aeative supervisor/copy at Brierly & 
Partners in Los Angeles, where he lives 

Steven Barth '73BA/H&S is the 
director of trade shows and confer- 
ences with the FCW Government 
Technology Group. He lives in 
McLean, VA. 

James Baynton '77BA/H&S is the 
sales and marketing director for 
Collins & Company, Inc. He lives in 
Roanoke, VA. 

Marie (Attiliis) Bennett '70BS 
'75MEd/E is vice president of regula- 
tory compliance for Computer 
Learning Centers, Inc. Marie, her 
husband Bill and daughter Christine 
live in Rockville, MD. 

Lymie (Nickerson) Bjamesen 
'75MSW is arts program coordinator 
for the Danville Museum of Fine Arts 
and History. Lynne is also a pastel 
artist. She lives in Danville, VA. 

Dennis Blackburn '73BFA is 
"trying to reconnect with old friends." 
He lives in Los Angeles. 

Nancy (Fulton) Bm-ks '75BM is 
the supervisor of special markets in 
the customer service department of 
Whitehall-Robins. She lives in 

Ann Chenoweth '74BFA 
'SOMFAyA is a faculty member of 
the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' 
Adult Studio Art Program. She lives 
in Saint Stephens Church, VA. 

Robert Clark n '74BS/B is a 
Certified Public Accoimtant with 
Homes, Lowry, Horn, & Johnson, 
Ltd. He lives in Vienna, VA. 

Phyllis Cothran '71BS/B chairs 
the board of Youth Matters. She is 
married to Arnold Stolberg, VCU 
professor of psychology, and has two 
stepchildren. Josh and Alex. They live 
in Richmond. 

Theresa Daus-Weber '76BSW is 
a technical editor with AGEISS 
Environmental. The USA Track & 
Field Association chose Theresa to 
manage the U.S. Women's lOOK 
team. Her experience as a member of 
four U.S. lOOK teams prepared her to 
train six women for the lOOK Worid 
Challenge in Chavagnes-en-Paillers, 
France, held on May 
15, 1999. She lives in 
Litdeton, CO. 

Suzette (Poupore) Denslow 
'79BS/H86 is executive director of 
the Tennessee Municipal League. 
Before joining the TML, she was 
deputy dfrector of the Virginia 
Municipal League. Suzette lives in 
Nashville and would "love to hear 
from old friends or Nashville 

Sue (Slate) Donaldson '71BS 
'75MEd/E is the student support 
officer at Lancaster High School. Sue 
and her husband Roger live in White 
Stone, VA. Their daughter, Tara Slate 
Donaldson '97BS/MC, works for The 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. Their son 
is currently a VCU imdergraduate. 

Nancy Coggeshall Everett 
78BS/B is the chief investment officer 
for the Virginia Retirement System's 
$29 billion pension fund for state 
employees. Nancy became a financial 
analyst after joining the VRS 20 years 
ago. Nancy and her husband Robin 
Blandford '83MBA live in Richmond. 

Catherine Marlow (Cole) Gogel 
'74BFA is a program manager for the 
design and construction of military 
family housing and support facilities 
with the U.S. Air Force at 
Headquarters Air Combat 
Command, Langley Air Force Base. 
She has four children and lives in 
Virginia Beach. 

Susan Gaynelle Goodwin '76BFA 
is vice president of knitwear manufac- 
turing for the Dana Buchman 
division of Liz Claiborne, Inc. She 
lives in New York City. 

Earl Gordan '75BFA is a multi- 
media artist and lives in 
Charlottesville, VA. 

Dianna (Carpenter) Gordon 
'73BS/E is the principal at 
Cunningham School in Louisa, VA. 
Dianna, her husband R. Bryan and 
their sons, Preston and Patrick, Hve in 
Goochland, VA. 

Joanne Greathouse '78MEd was 
appointed CEO of the Jomt Review 
Committee on Education in 



'i i 


In "Crimes Against 
Nature," author Chris 
Kilmartin '88PhD/H&S 

points out the absurdities 

and contradictions of 

masculine demands in this 

event sponsored by the Department of Psychology. 

Proceeds from his performance helped support the 

recently laimched Urban Psychology Initiative. 

Charlene Motley '85BS/H&S and 

Doris Queen are happy to see each 
other at the African-American 
Alumni Council 10th Anniversary 

Judging by Ann Heller's delight, Dr. R. H. 
Langley-Wood '49BS/H&S must have 
some good stories to go with the pictures 
in his 1949 Wigwam. 

Kappa Alpha Psi, who co-sponsored the Reunion Weekend 
cruise on the Annabel Lee, display their unity at the Council's 
Anniversary Dance. 







Hats off! May 15 was graduation day for nearly IJXIO VCU students: 20 associate's degrees; 2,076 baccalaureate degrees; 1,277 master's; 99 doctoraia; 
329 first professional degrees; and 1 72 Posl-Baccalaurente Cerlificates. The MCV and VCU Alumni Associations along with Student Alumni 
Ambassadors hosted 400 at their annual CommencemenI Breakfast for graduates and their families. Congratulations to our newest alumni. 

Radiologic Technology. Before 
joining JRCERT, she was chairman 
and associate professor of radiation 
sciences at VCU's MCV Campus. 

Catherine (Goldstein) Harbert 
'78BFA is president of N-Shape 
Workout Wear, Inc. 

Cathy started her home-based 
clothing business thirteen years ago 
with two bathing suits and four 
leotards. Today, she still only has a 30- 
second commute to work in her 
basement factory where she produces 
over 80 styles of custom-fitted suits 
and 65 styles of exercise wear. Before 
starting her own business, Cathy was 
a designer for Smart Alex and for 
deLanthe Creations. 

The Richmond Racers swim team 
wears her suits in competition; and 
VCU's Women's Volleyball team and 
many of the Mrs. Virginia 
International Pageant contestants 
wear Cathy's workout garments. 

Cathy, her husband Douglas 
Harbert 75BS/H&S '79MS(RC)/AH 
and their daughter Kelsey live in 

Ava Harper 78BS/H&S is a 
legal unit manager with Providian 
Financial. She lives in Castro 
VaUey, CA. 

Douglas Higgins III '74BFA 
'88MFA/A is a professor at the 
Wngling School of Art and Design. 
He and his wife Katherine live in 
Sarasota, FL. 

Adele Johnson-Crawley 
'75BS/H8cS was appointed to the 
Board of Visitors of Virginia State 
University. She is the president of the 
Virginia Regional Minority Supplier 
Development Council. She lives in 

Patrick Kelly '72BS/E is the chair 
and CEO of PSSAVorld Medical, Inc. 
He lives in lacksonville, FL. 

Mary-Ellen (Alexander) Kendall 
'76BA/H8{S is financial programs 
manager with the Department of 
Environmental Quality. She is also an 
adjunct faculty member for the 
University of Richmond where she 
received the Distinguished Faculty 
Award in 1998. A student says Mary- 
Ellen is an "excellent teacher — 
always prepared to the max." 

Mary-Ellen is founder and 
co-chair of the Goochland County 
Citizens Enterprise, editor of 
Environmental Law News and 
secretary of the Environmental Law 
Section of the Virginia State Bar. 
She and her husband live in Gum 
Spring, VA. 

Robert Lumford '73BFA is a staff 
artist for The Roanoke Times, where 
he has worked since 1977. He lives in 
Roanoke, VA. 

Glenn Maul '79BS/B is director of 
organization development with 
United Stationers Supply Company. 
He hves in Naperville, IL 

John Roger Tyler Moore 
'73BA/H8{S married Joan Carol 
EddletononMayI6, 1999.The 
couple lives in Ashland, \'.'\. 

Charlotte (Loughridge) Morgan 
'78MEd '91 MFA/H86 is an English 
professor at Dabney Lancaster 
Community College. Her first novel, 
One August Day, was published by 
Van Neste Books. 

Charlotte's husband John 
Morgan '91MFA is a studio instructor 
with the Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts, and they live in Goshen, VA. 

*Thomas Mountcastle '75AS 
'81BS/B is president of Halifax 
Technology Services Company. He 
was elected president of the Virginia 
Home for Boys' Board of Governors 
in April, 1999. He is also a past presi- 
dent of VCU's School of Business 
Alumni Association. 

*Edward MulUgan '78M(RC)/ 
AH is a coimselor in private practice. 
In December 1988, 
the American 
declared Edward a 
certified diplomate 

in psychotherapy. He and hi wife 
Helen live in Fort BeKoir, VA. 

Van "Buddy" Peace 76BS/B is a 
produa de%elopment engineer with 
Philip Morris Co., Inc He lives in 

David Persic 78MBA is the 
executi\e director of VNliite & Raub. 
He and his wife Deborah live in 
Fishers, IN. 

Eulah (Stuart) Price 78BSW' 
\%orks for Radford L'ni\ersit>'. She 
lives in Roanoke, VA. 

Sharon MicfaeQe Reaves 77BFA 
is general manager of FOene's 
Basement She iKes in Upper 
.Marlboro, .\1D. 

Sandra (Trott) Riddell 73BS 
79MEd/E is an information services 
specialist with Henrico Counrv- Public 
Schook and one of the 1 7 members of 
the Nickelodeon Educator Panel, 
which ad\TS€s the cable network on 
connecting their programming with 
education. She also writes kssoa plans 
for Nick Ne\>-s. Media One chose 
Sandra as their national roie model on 
cable in the classroom in the 
company's .\imual Report for 1999. 

Sandra's husband A. "Doug" 
Riddell 73BS/MC is a locomoti\'e 
engineer with .-Kratrak. He has just 
published his first book. From the 
Cab: Stories from a Locomotht 
En^neer, a collection of autobio- 
graphical stories and anecdotes 
from his career. 

The AJncanAmerican 
Alumni Council presented 
Vice Provost Dr. Grace 
Harris '60MSW with a 
plaque to honor her 32 
years at the University. 


Peggy Curry Worsham '49BFA, 
John Moore '73BA/H&S. and his 
mother Martha Moore '37BS/H&S 

share memories in the Jefjerson Hotel 

Fun for the Whole Family. 
A clown painted faces at the 
African-American Alumni 
Council Family Piaiic 


The Depamnau of.\ccounnng 
reunited at the Alumni Exccuthv 
Center in the School of Business 

Darren Da\is '95Bs B. 
fadde Tunstall Byrtum 
'82BS H&S. J-:.; 
Eleanor Fcnidrell 

rtf -Annabel Lee. 

monthly column for Pentrex 
Publishing's Rail News also called 
"From the Cab." He is a quarterly 
contributor to Pentrex's other 
publication, Vintage Rails. 

The Riddells have one child, 
Ryan Everett. They live in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Bernard Riley '74IV1M is the 
organist for Saint Alban's Anglican 
Catholic Church and the assistant 
organist for Saint Mark's Episcopal 
Church. He is a pianist and harpsi- 
chordist with the Suffolk Trio and the 
director of the Palestrina Singers. He 
lives in Richmond vi^here he is a well- 
known musician and teacher. 

*Vickie Jo (HoUoway) Rogers 
'78BS '81MBA/B is an academic 
advisor with Anne Arundel 
Commimity College. She lives in 
Laurel, MD. 

Cathy (Gilbert) Saunders 
'78BFA earned the Accredited Buyer 
Representative designation fi-om the 
National Real Estate BUYER'S Agent 
Council and the Distinguished 
Achiever Award from the Richmond 
Association of Realtors. She lives in 

Carol (Ridinger) Scott 77BS/B 
'88MEd is an English teacher with 
Hillsborough County Schools. She 
and her husband Elbert Scott '58BS/P 
hve in Tampa, PL. 

Sharon Smith '78BS/E '83MBA is 
the chief operating officer of Interim 
Personnel of Richmond, where she 

Douglas Stone '73BFA is presi- 
dent of the United Auto Workers 
Local Chapter 842 in Hagerstown, 
MD. Doug, his wife Stephanie and 
sons David, 8, and Ben, 6, live in 
Funkstown, MD. 

Linda Cannon Sullivan '77BS/E 
is a special education teacher with 
Amherst County Schools. She and her 
husband Gene Sullivan '72BS 
'78MS/B live in Forest, VA. 

R. Stephen Thomas III '74BS/B is 
a managing partner with EastCoast 
Entertainment, Inc. He lives in 
Atlanta, GA. 

ordained deacon in the United 
Methodist Church and the business 
administrator of the West End United 
Methodist Church of Nashville. 
Debra (Russell) Tyree '77BME is the 
music editor for the Abingdon Press 
of the United Methodist Publishing 
House. They adopted a son, Jonathan 
Philip Tyree, in Jtily 1997. The Tyrees 
hve in Nashville. 

Tom Vines 79BS/B is vice presi- 
dent of human resources with 
CIGNA Systems. He is president of 
the National Association of African 
Americans in Human Resources. 
Tom is so confident about the 
NAAAHR's potential that he has 
taken a one-year leave of absence 
fi-om his position at CIGNA to tend 
full-time to the group's activities. 
Tom hopes the organization will 
supply "diversity in human 
resources." He lives in Washington, 

Paula Powers Warren '77MSW 
is a teacher at Stuart Hall School. She 
lives in Montpelier, VA. 

Edith (Green) White '79BS 
'83MS/MC is vice president of pro- 
grams with the Greater Richmond 
Chapter of the American Red Cross. 
Edith, her husband Anthony and 
their two children live in Richmond. 

Charles Williams '74BS 
'80MBA/B is vice president of 


On the Student Commons plaza, Alumni Association members cooked hot 
dogs and served chicken fingers, poured soft drinks, and distributed "1 Love 
VCU" buttons to 450 accepted students along with their families at the 
Admissions Office's annual Block Party. While treating more than 1,100 
guests to lunch, alumni also talked with them about the advantages of 
attending VCU. Later in the afternoon, students and families attended 
academic session featuring the majors offered at the university. 

Traucler Property & Casualty. He 
lives in Spring, TX. 

Kenneth Willis '73BFA is execu- 
tive director of the Richmond Peace 
Education Center. He is also a candi- 
date for ordained ministry in the 
United Methodist Church. Ken is 
working on a Master of Divinity at 
Virginia Union University's School of 
Theology. Ken created "Crucifixion 
Nails," an art exhibition of life-size 
crosses to encourage people to think 
about Jesus Christ's sacrifice. His 
work was displayed in the Tobacco 
Gallery of the Shockoe Bottom Arts 

Ken and his wife Linda live in 
Glen Allen, VA, with their children 
Heathe, Brandon and Sarah. 

Thomas Wilson '72BS/B is 
director of reporting and budgeting 
with Brown and Williamson Tobacco 
Corporation of Louisville, KY. He 
lives in Prospect, KY. 

Catherine Young '76BFA owns 
The Young Company Real Estate. 
She is a licensed realtor in both 
Virginia and West Virginia. Catherine 
is president of the Potomac Highland 
Board of Realtors and a member of 
the Blue Ridge Association. She lives 
in Gore, VA. 

1 980s 

M. Jeffrey Abemathy 
'87MA/H8cS is an associate professor 
of English at Illinois College. He lives 
in Springfield, IL. 

Nancy (Witt) Adams '85MSW is 
an organization development consul- 
tant with Philip Morris USA. She and 
her husband James Adams '78BS/E 
live in Midlothian,VA. 

Robert Andrews '89BS/MC is an 
office automation speciahst with 
Illinois Central Management Services 
in the Internet Support Department. 
He earned a MFA in Corrmiunication 
from the University of Illinois at 
Springfield. He and his wife Rashonda 
have two children, Adrian and Aver)'. 
They live in Springfield, IL. 

Paul Babcock '82MS(RC)/AH is 
the executive director of the 
Association for Retarded Citizens, 
Inc. of the Peninsula. Paul, his wife 
Susan Morgan, and their two children 
live in Gloucester Point, VA. 

Lydia Barrett '87BS/MC is vice 
president of marketing with CHA 
Relocation Management, Inc. She 
lives in Oakland, CA. 

Beverly Beck '85MBA is the 
executive director of the Capital Area 
Agency on Aging. She lives in 

Frank Becker '87BS/E married 
Elizabeth Merrill Wallace on June 6, 
1998. He is the director of lower 
school technology at Collegiate 
School in Richmond, where the 
couple lives. 

James Bonevac '84BS '86MA/B is 
vice president of Wholesale Targeted 

Marketing with First Union National 
Bank. He lives in Charlotte, NC. 

■'Scott Bowling '88BS/H&S is 
president and chief executive officer 
of the Exceptional Children's 
Foundation, an agency that provides 
services to children and adults with 
mental retardation and other devel- 
opmental disabilities. He lives in 
Glendale, CA. 

Sally (Lamb) Bowring '83MFA/A 
resigned as executive director of the 
1708 Gallery, citing painting and 
family as her priorities. She is now 
Richmond's public-art coordinator 
and teaches painting and art foimda- 
tion at VCU. The Richmond 
Women's Caucus for the Arts 
honored Sally as the 1999 Artist of the 
Year. She has two children, Leah 
Lamb and Pierre Bowring. Sally lives 
with her husband and son in 

Richard "Larry" Bradley '81BFA 
works in computer graphics and 
printing for Crafteman Press. His wife 
Krista is a consultant to performing 
arts companies. They live in 
Washington, DC. 

Rita Bradley-Sadler '81BFA is an 
audio engineer and editor with In 
Touch Ministries. She and her son, 
Bradley, 12, live in Norcross, GA, 

Steven Brinlee '87BS/MC is a 
senior copywriter with McCann- 
Erickson New York where L'Oreal is 
his primary accoimt. He lives in New 
York City. 

Wade Broughman '82BS/B is 
executive vice president/chief finan- 
cial officer for Northwest Covenant 
Medical Center and its affiliate orga- 
nizations. He and his wife have two 
children and live in Randolph, NJ. 

S. Bradley Burke '87BS/B is 
managing director of Parata. He lives 
in Midlothian, VA. 

Timothy Canan '89MURP/H&S 
is a senior planner with Loudoim 
County, VA. He lives in Fairfax, VA. 

John IVlichael Carter '84MBA is 
executive vice president of human 
resources and corporate affairs for 
LandAraerica Financial Group, Inc. 
He lives in Richmond. 

William "Bill" Chapman 
'87BS/MC and Christopher 
Thurston '87BS/MC merged their 
independent advertising firms to 
form Thurston Chapman and 
Associates in Richmond. Chris, the 
agency's CEO, specializes in direct 
marketing, in-store promotions, and 
catalog design. Bill, who is president 
and creative director, focuses on 
broadcast and print consumer adver- 
tising. The agency's regional and 
national clients include Time-Life, 
Movie Gallery, and Auto-Vantage. 

Michael Cline '86C/B is a project 
leader with Hamilton Beach/Proctor- 
Silex, Inc. He lives in Richmond. 

Michael Compton '87BFA is vice 
president of ReSaurus Co. Inc., an 
international toy company that has 
the rights to manufacture and distrib- 



ulc action figures based on the 
recently released movies of The Lost 
World: Jurassic Park and Gockilk. 

Christina Lynn (Valcnta) Day 
'86BS/B is a database administrator 
with Hunton Hi Williams. Christina, 
her husband (ierald and children 
Crystal and Keith live in Prince 
Cieorge, VA. 

B. Wayne Deal '86C/B is vice 
president and assistant general 
auditor of the I'ederal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond, where he lives. 

Marcus England '83BS/B is a 
resource manager with SAR]. 
Jacqueline (Jones) England '84BS/B 
is a senior public affairs information 
specialist vnth the U.S. Office of the 
Comptroller of Currency. The couple 
has two children, Marcus Jr. and 
Candice. They live in Alexandria, VA. 

Trent Farr '89BS/MC is vice 
president of creative services widi 
Another Large Production. He lives 
in Los Angeles. 

Kelly (Jones) Fisk '85BS/MC is a 
telemedicine technical manager with 
VCU. She lives in Richmond. 

Wesley Freed '88BFA is a 
member of the band, DirtbaU, and a 
freelance artist. His artisdc abilities 
received national exposure through 
his compact disc cover design for die 
popiilar band. Cracker. He lives in 

*Susan Frey '82BFA is a natur- 
opath and environmental educator. 
She is the founder of Avalon Health 
and the author of The Road to Avalon: 
Cultivating Spiritualit)' in the 
Classroom, a book that details 
optimum conditions for learning. 
Susan lives in Lunenburg, MA. 

Lynn Kessler Gamett '88MSW is 
an admissions counselor for the 
University of Virginia's Darden 
School of Business. She Kves in 
Charlottesville, VA. 

Kenneth Giles '89BS/B is a devel- 
oper with Capital One Financial and 
lives in Glen AUen, VA. 

Tami Gochenour '87BS/H&S is a 
licensed massage therapist and owner 
of Living WeU Massage Therapy. She 
lives in Crimora, VA. 

Kimberly (Moody) Golden 
'82MM is an assistant professor of 
music and the coordinator of music 
education at Hampton University. 
She fives in State College, PA. 

Kenneth Gooch '82BS/B is a state 
missions catalyst with Southern 
Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. He 
fives in Newport News, VA. 

Robert Gore '82MBA is die 
manager of water and wastewater 
engineering with Michael Baker Jr., 
Inc. He fives in Glen Allen, VA. 

*Harold Greenwald '82BM is an 
admissions counselor in VCU's 
Graduate Admissions Office. He is 
engaged to Lisa Coker and fives in 
Chester, VA. 

Eric Griffin '88BA/H8jS is pastor 
of Saint Stephen Urfited Church of 
Christ ui Greensboro, NC, where 
he fives. 

I.iili.\[r , 

Andrea Mendes Weiss 76BFA 


"I'm a mall rat," says Andrea Mendes V/ein, executive vice president and 
chief stores officer for The Limited, Inc^ the nation's largest operator of maO- 

ba.sed stores. And she's not just being modest. 

Although her impressive resume includes positions as president of GtKH 
Jeans' retail division, senior vice president and director of store operatiom at 
Ann Taylor, and director of retail sales at Walt Uisney, she daims that 
youthful hours spent hanging around Richmond's malls were as impotlant ai 
formal education. Years cruising, and later working in, mall shops gave Wets* 
a canny insight into that highly luCTative comer of Americana. They also gjve 
her a top-to-bottom working knowledge of her territory that most executives 
never approach. 

Grovnng up ui Richmond, Weiss attended J. R. Tucker High School (and 
Willow Lawn Shopping Center) for only three years before leaving to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from VCU in 1976 and 
an MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 1985. She began honing her retail savNy early with stints at shops fike R^ency 
Square's Casual Comer and Tiffany's Bridal and Formal. By the time Limited came courting, her unerring instincts, dii^-e 
and dedication were weU known in the industry. 

"I have 'store radar,'" explains Weiss, who spends about 40 weeks a year visiting Limited's nearly 5,500 stores, iivdud- 
ing Express, Limited, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and Stmcture. "I don't know if it is a skill or a gift, but it is 
always on when I enter a store. Can I easily understand the store's fashion message? Are die prcxiucts, presentatioa service 
and people within the store all engaged? When this happens, it is magical" 

Weiss draws on her past for an understanding of today's mall scene. Young people, she says, still love to congregate in 
die mall to sociafize and take in fashion trends just as she did. "Of course, die fasfuons have changed," she acknovriedges. 
"But I am not sure they are any more extreme. In die late '60s and '70s, hippie fashion seemed as extreme as the board 
skater super wide jeans or tattoos of today. Since many of die hippies I knew are CEOs and entrepreneurs today, I don't 
worry that the kids ui the extreme jeans are afi Jieaded for trouble. Fashion is a form of self-expression." 

She is equaUy at ease with the people behind the counters. "I grew up in stores," Weiss re\'eals. "Store associates 
energize me. They generafiy know what is going on before executives. They keep me tuned in and I share their thou^ts 
and ideas, as weU as the customers', in company meetings." Weiss differs from many of her colleagues in her rdiance on 
well-developed intuition, the store radar she reads so accurately. When she \isits a store she fikes to sociafize with the asso- 
ciates and get to know the area. "Now when I see a mall or a city skyfine ui a mo\ie, I can tell where it is. I've been there. I 
know what the customer looks fike," she says. She bases much of her strateg)' on this intimate femiliarity with her cus- 
tomers' ctilture, using market research and company numbers as vafidation. 

But understanding the world of maU retail is only part of the picttare. Weiss must then take that knowledge, communi- 
cate it to die people in the board room, and uitegrate it into a vision for the future. Through it all she keeps her es-es on her 
goal: to help the Limited's stores reach their fuU potential as brand vehicles. "Shopping as we know it is all about experi- 
ences," Weiss explains. "We five in a society where our basic needs are generally met and abundance is commonplace. We 
seU what people want, not what they need. 

"We have the opportunit)' to re-invent die chain store," she continues. "I am very txcited to be part of this." Part of 
that challenge fies ui predicting technology's role in retail. E-commerce is knocking at the door in a big way- "^"utual mail 
rats may be next," Weiss notes. Teleconferencing, intranets and CD-ROMs afi-eady relay information bet\%-een corporate 
offices and stores, and several Limited brands now have Intemet sites, some with e-commerce capabifities. 

Weiss worries about whether a web site can keep the brand's promise by defivering an e,\perience that segues seamless- 
ly into a customer's store visit. Some industn' analrets predict that online shopping may actually bolster traditional 
shoppuig, as image-saturated surfers flock to stores where they can see and handle the merchandise. That scenario makes 
Weiss's uisistence on a seamless total shoppuig experience even more important "Smell, touch, sound and all our other 
senses need to be considered in satisfying the customer's need for a shopping e.Nperience," she emphasizes. 

Has Weiss noted any other significant trends? "Y'es, speed is the new conimodit\-." \Veiss fi\"es the proof of that state- 
ment. With a high-pressure job, a killer schedule, and a loomuig techno-future. how does she cope? "I have learned to 
appreciate balance and seek it ui ever.' aspea of my fite today," she says. Weiss streamlines her daily commute, packing as 
much as she can into her work week, in order to pro\ide quafit)- time on weekends with her husband of IS yieais, Richard. 
She divides her weekends behveen a farm ui Florida, where she gardens and raises thorou^bred horses, and a summer 
home in Nantucket. Energized by her work and her weekends, Weiss remains enthusiastic about her job and her fidd: 1 
love fasfiion, but I appreciate st)ie." 

And the fiiture? "Widi 5,500 stores, my future seems very busyi" she exdaims. "But one day I'd \o\e to teach the things 
I have leamed about consumer beha\ior." 

Stephanie Saccone is director of communications at Virginia's Department of Information TedmoloQ- and a 

website designer. 


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;DC Alumni met at the Sheraton in Alexandria IVIay 20 for cocktails and 
conversation {both photos left). Contact: Rick Faull(ner 73BSW [top lefd 
W (202) 307-3106 x 138 or h (703) 684-7705 

New York Alumni were rollin' on the rivah (the Hudson) August 27, with 
alumni from other Colonial Athletic Association schools, dancing and 
feasting aboard the Queen of Hearts. Contacts: Michelle Andryshak 
•92BS/MC (914) 651-6025; Ozair Omarzai '87BPh/P (732) 744-0534; Eleanor 
Foddrell ■82BS/B (202) 338-7500; Clint White '93BFA white_clint@ 

Korean Alumni (Seoul City Chapter?) boosted VCU to their compatriots 
at a Study USA recruitment fair this spring. VCU student Hyuk-Jun Kwon on 
far left. Contact: Or. Jun-Woo Kim '88MS/B {far right] University of Inchon 


Charles "Rusty" Hale '89BS/H&S 
married Amy Stevens '97BS/H&S in 

April 1999. Charles works for 
Hanover County and Amy works for 
KBS, Inc. The couple lives in 
Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mark Hallett '83BA/H&S is the 
director of International Student 
Services at Colorado State University. 
Mark, his wife Heather, and their 
children Graham and Drew live in 
Fort Collins, CO. 

D. Scott Harrison '83BS/H&S 
earned a Master of Divinity from 
Southeastern Baptist Theological 
Seminary in 1987. He is executive 
director of the AIDS National 
Interfaith Network in Washington, 
DC, and lives in Arlington, VA. 

*Joseph Hart '81BS/B is a field 
sales analyst with R.I.R. Nabisco. He 
lives in Tumersville, NI. 

naval commander aboard the aircraft 
carrier USS George Wasliington. 
He and his wife Alicia live in 
Chesapeake, VA. 

Mark Hopkins '83BS/MC 
is a loan officer with Old Kent 
Mortgage Company. He lives in 
Annapolis, MD. 

^William "Eddy" Houchins 
'80BFA works for Walt Disney 
Television Animation. He has worked 
on several animated series including, 
"Hercules" and "Mickey 
Mouseworks." He directed the video 
feature. Pirates oftiie Caribbean. 
William, his wife Deborah Delano 
and son William Jr. live in North 
HiUs, CA. 

*Stephen Hunley '80BS/H8cS is 
principal deputy dirertor of the 
Virginia Department of Housing and 
Community Development. He lives 
in Richmond. 

Deborah Hunley-Stukes '82BS/E 
is principal of Hugo A. Owens Middle 
School and the host of the WCTV 
cable television show, "Growing Up 
in Chesapeake." She and her husband 
Charles Stukes hve in Petersburg, VA. 

Terri Hyiton '87BS/E is a teacher 
at Atlee High School and a licensed 
sales associate with the Allstate Office 
of JP Payne and Associates. She lives 
in Ashland, VA. 

John Jacob '86BFA received his 
PhD in Clothing and Textiles from 
Virginia Tech on May 26, 1999. He is 
an assistant professor at Washington 
State University in the Department of 
Apparel, Merchandising and Interior 

Charles Lunsford JoJinson 
'83BS/B married Marian Elizabeth 
Rose on October 10, 1998. He is vice 
president and portfolio manager at 
Davenport Asset Management. They 
Hve in Richmond. 

Elizabeth (Porter) Johnson 
'80BA/H8tS, was a runner-up in the 
Mrs. Virginia International Pageant at 
the Roanoke (VA) Civic Center in 
June. During the pageant Elizabeth, 
whose degree is in political science, 
spoke for the Virginia Family 
Violence Hotline [1 (800) 838-8238]. 
She is a board member of the Laurel 
Shelter for abused women and 
children and continues the Hotline 
connection. She owns a real estate 
company in Deltaville, VA, where she 
Uveswith her husband Frank and 
sons Grayson, 4 and CuUen, 2. 

Lori (Elliott) Johnson 
'87MIS/NTS and her husband David 
Johnson announce the birth of their 
daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth, on 
August 1 1, 1999. The family lives in 

Donald Jones Jr. '81BA/H8cS is a 
customer service representative and 
warehouse manager with Mid- 
Atlantic Car Wash Technology. He 
left the U.S. Army in 1 99 1 with the 
rank of captain. Donald, his wife 
Rhonda and sons Robert and 
Matthew Hve in Orange, VA. 

'87PhD/H8cS is an associate professor 
and department chair of psychology 
at North Central College in 
Naperville, IL. He received the 
Dissinger Prize for facility scholarship 
from the College in May, 1999. Karl 
wrote the textbook Perspectives in 
Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 
He and his wife Jaineen (Jackson) 
KeUey '86MS/H8tS Hve in North 
Aurora, IL. 

Dan Kim '85BS/H8cS works for 
American Home Products and Hves in 
Dovmingtown, PA. 

*Dwayne King '84BS/H8cS is an 

associate counsel with RealNetworks, 
Inc. He Hves in Seattle. 

Todd Kissick '88BS '91MEd/E is 
superintendent of Hemdon Schools 
in Hemdon, Kansas. Leila (Haimes) 
Kissick '88BS/E is the school nurse 
supervisor for 21 school districts in 
Northwest Kansas. The couple Hves in 

Larry Koppelman '81MSW is a 
social worker with Hospice of 
Huntington and a cHnical social 
worker with Comprehend Inc. He has 
a private practice in Ashland, KY, 
where he Hves. 

Jonathan KroeJder'88C/B is now 
a senior vice president for E-Business 
Strategy and Product Development at 
USA Group, where he develops 
products to improve the deHvery of 
student loans for lenders, postsec- 
ondary schools, and parents and 
students. He led development of 
NetWizard™, the first Internet 
student loan deHvery system. 

James Lanham ID '86MEd 
eamed a doctorate in educational 
administration from Virginia Tech on 
June 2, 1999. He is the principal and 
technology director at George W. 
Watkms Elementary School. 

Michael Locher '80BS/B is the 
director of tax credit consulting 
services with Goodman &. Company, 
L.L.P. The Richmond district office of 
the Small Business Administration 
honored Michael as the 1999 
Accountant of the Year. He is a 
member of the Virginia Economic 
Developers Association. 

Brian MacDonald '89BA/H8;S is 
a graphics reporter with the Los 
Angeles Times. He and his wife Nancy 
Hve m Orange, CA. 

*Lisa Malloy-Stephens 
'88BA/H8cS is president of the New 
Horizons CoUege Club Board of 
Directors and a tax assessor. She and 
her husband Craig Stephens Hve in 
PlaHifield, NJ. 

Michael McCabe '89BS/H86 is a 
branch manager tor the MASA 
Corporation. He Hves m Lpchburg, 

Michael Jolin McDaniel 
'88BS/H8;S married Cheryl Carter 

Kean on June 19, 1998. He is a senior 
network engineer with the Virginia 
Retirement System. He and his wife 
have two children, Kendahl Renea 
Kean and Dalton Sloane Kean. They 
Hve in Chester, VA. 

Carolyn (Tye) McGeorge '81BFA 
is the creative director for Just 
Partners, a firm that counts Crestar 
Financial Corporation and Colonial 
WiUiamsburg among its cHents. 
Carolyn, her husband Rick and their 
sons, Ellet and Wyatt, Hve in 

Mary (Day) Miller '83BS/H8cS 
and her husband Thomas Earl Miller 
III '83BM Hve m Fredericktown, OH, 
where Mary is the pastor of the First 
Baptist Church. 

Dwayne Murphey '84BS/B is a 
certified insurance counselor and a 
branch manager of Riedman 
Insurance. He is also the president of 
the Kiwanis Club of Ashland. 
Dwayne, his wife Janice and their two 
children Hve in Ashland, VA. 

Stephen Neese '82BS/H8cS is the 
executive vice president of sales and 
marketing at eFunds Corporation. He 
Hves in Mission Viejo, CA. 

Wendy (Gilmont) Newman 
'82BFA is a jeweHy artisan specializ- 
ing in the use of exotic stones within 
handmade settings. She is the owner 
of Gold Graphix, Inc., a jewehy design 
and manufacturing company. She 
Hves in Newport News, VA. 

Jeffery Newton '80BS/H8cS 
retired from active Army duty in 
1996. He is the jail admmistrator at 
the largest county jail in Maine. He 
Hves m North Sebago, ME. 

*Hung Nguyen '83BS/H8cS 
eamed his master's degree in systems 
engineering from Virginia Tech in 
June 1999. He is a process engineer 
with Lucent Technologies. He and his 
wife Tiffany Hve m Westerville, VA. 

Richard Page '83BS/H8cS is a 
senior project manager with Grain & 
Associates. He is also the chairperson 
of the City of Santa Monica 
Landmarks Commission. Richard 
Hves in Santa Monica, CA. 

Ernest Pemi '87BS/B is a teacher 
at Amherst County High School. He 
Hves m Lynchburg, VA. 



John Pcrrinc '85BGS/NTS is the 

director of (irdiac Rehab. He lives in 
Scottsdalc, AZ. 

Nora (Quan) Petit! '85BS/MC 

was promoted to senior account 
executive with Laughlin, Marinaccio 
& Owens, where she will manage 
accounts for Virginia Railway Express, 
Bell Atlantic Federal and the 
Consumer Information Center, 

Nora, her husband Glen and two 
children, Colin and Olivia, live in 
Fairfax, VA. 

Vasiliki Phillos '85BS/H&S is a 
senior customer service representative 
with American Type Culture Collec- 
tion. She lives in Frederick, MD. 

Stephan Pollard '83BS/B is a 
data coordinator for the Office of 
Institutional Research at the 
University of Arkansas. He lives in 
Fayetteville, AR. 

Yvonne (Murphy) Porter 
'84BS/H8fS is an auditor with Lincobi 
Technical Institute, Inc. She and her 
husband Todd live in Irvington, NI. 

Pamela (Stancell) Reid '88BS/ 
H&S '90BS(OT)/AH is an occupa- 
tional therapist with Medshares, Inc. 
She lives in Chesterfield, VA. 

Jacquelyn (Kennedy) Ricks 
'85BSW is a senior social worker with 
the Department of Social Services in 
Newport News, VA, where she lives. 

Barbara Balkan Robinson 
'80MEd retired from a career in edu- 
cation as the guidance counselor at 
Hamilton-Holmes Elementary 
School. She lives in Bniington, VA. 

Jonathan Romeo '89MM has 
been commissioned by the Richmond 
Ballet to write music for the fourth 
movement of choreographer 
Stoner Winslett's "Windows." 
Performances will be November 5-7 
at the Carpenter Center, with the 
Richmond Symphony. 

*Leo Ross '85MBA is manager of 
production at Wyeth Ayers 
Laboratories and president of the Old 
Dominion Pharmaceutical 
Association. He and his wife Beverly 
live in Richmond. 

Jocelyn Senn '83BS/MC is the 
owner of Presentation Resource Inc., 
a digital printing and graphic arts 
company. She lives in Richmond. 

Ramona (Sponseller) Settle 
'86BS/H86 married Kyle Settie on 
June 27, 1998. She is co-owner of 
Carl's in Fredericksburg, VA. The 
couple lives in Stafford, VA. 

Elsie (Rose) Shank '80BS/B is a 
partner with Rose, Sanderson, and 
Creasy. She is also the first woman to 
be president of the Virginia Society 
of Certified Public Accountants. 
She and her husband Lyall live in 
Ashland, VA. 

EHanne (Shaver) Shamiessy 
'86BME is an administrative assistant 
with Applied Fluid Power, Inc She 
lives in Richmond. 

Lynncttc (Hatcher) Shorts 
'87BS/H8(S is a molecular biologist at 
the University of Maryland. She and 
her husband Stcfon Shorts '92BS/ 
H8tS live in Silver Spring, Ml ). 

Eric Slater '83BS/MC is a project 
manager with Uni.scribc Professional 
Services. He received his JD degree 
from New York Uw School in June, 
1998. Eric and his wife Jessica have 
one daughter, (^itlin, bom on 
January 6, 1998. 'ITiey live in 
Scarsdale, NY. 

'Frank Smeeks '88BS '88BS/H8cS 
is an attending physician with 
Mountain Emergency Physicians in 
Morganton, NC, where he lives with 
his wife Teresa and children, Jessica 
and Chase. 

*Taylor Smith '87BA/H&S is a 
trade marketing manager with United 
Distillers and Vinters NA. He lives in 

Jackie (Blake) Taylor '88BS/B is 
manager of fiTjit and juice accounting 
with Tropicana North America. She 
and her husband celebrated the birth 
of their first child, Lucas Blake, on 
January 28, 1999. They hve in Saint 
Petersburg, FL. 

Lillian Turner '84BS/H8(S 
married Ronald Leon Paige on June 6, 
1998. She is a substance abuse coun- 
selor with Loudoun County Mental 
Health. The couple lives in Boyce, VA. 

Autumn Leigh Van Sice '89BFA 
is a graphic designer with Ecology and 
Environment, Inc. She lives in 
Concord, NH. 

Jason and John Waltrip both 
'85BFA are illustrators for the comic 
book Tsunami Girl. The brothers 
Waltrip have worked on many other 
comia including Faans, Bohos, 
Robotech II and The Sentinels. The 
pair invites fellow alums to view their 
work at 

Dana Ward '81BS '86MBA/B is 
president of GulfAtlantic Title. He 
lives in Oriando. 

Suzanne (Hawver) Wheatley 
'89BS/H8tS '93MSW is community 
and youth development coordinator 
for Alternatives, Inc. She and her 
husband Charles live in Norfolk, VA. 

Regina Williams '87MPA/B is the 
first woman and the first African 
American city manager for Norfolk, 
VA, a city of 230,000 citizens and 
4,000 employees. Some Norfolk City 
Council members comment that she's 
a city manager "who's as comfortable 
with people as she is with budgets." 

Sabrina Williams '80BA/H8cS is 
an energ)' program specialist with the 
Department of Pubhc Works in 
Washington, DC, where she lives. 

1 990s 

Amanda (Koch) Barker 
'97MURP is a criminal justice 
program analyst with Virginia's 
Department of Criminal Justice 
Services. She lives in Midlothian, VA. 

Daiva Bobelu '92MS ■94PhD/ 
H&S is a clinical program specialist 
with AstvaZcncca LP. He lives in 
Berwyn, PA. 

Katherine (Wallace) Breakcll 
'90BFA is "hoping to hear from more 
people who graduated from the BFA 
fashion design program in 1990." 
Katherine and her husband James are 
the parents of two children, &)urtney 
and JB. Tht7 live in Roanoke, VA. 

'Melissa Brown '97BS/B is 
engaged to Joel Stanley. She is a CPA 
with Southern States. They were 
planning a September 1999 wedding. 

Torson JCimberly Brown 
'93BS/H8£S earned a master's degree 
in guidance and counseling fi'om 
Virginia State University in May 1999. 
She is "looking forward to a position 
as a high school guidance counselor." 
She lives in Richmond. 

Michael Bumes '%BS/H8cS is a 
consultant for Cendant International 
Assignment Services. He and his wife 
Nozomi Kugita live in Walnut Creek, 
CA. Michael writes, "California's nice, 
but I miss my friends, Bogart's in 
between Grove and Hanover 
Avenues, southern hospitality and 
Ulaop's deli iced tea." 

Brandy (Floumoy) Burnett 
'93BS/B is an associate with Saunders, 

(liry & Pattenon. She liva in Qen 

MarccUa Burton '9 1 B A/H&S 
is the executive awistam to the 
commisiioner of revenue in NotiDft, 
VA, where she lives. 

Mefanie (Rifhardton) Carrico 
•9IBFA married Lee Shane Carrico 
on July 3 1 , 1 998. She is an awisunt 
professor at Kent State L'nivernty. 
The couple lives in Stow, OH. 

Helen (Ardmanj Carter '9IBS/B 
is a ajnsultant with PeopleSofL She 
and her husband John Carter 
'84MBA live in Rkhmmd. 

•Linnk f Smith) Carter "9285 
'98MS/MC is immunity afiair^ 
coordinator for the Hidanond 
Metropolitan Authority. She and her 
husband Kevin live in Richmond. 

Shirley Chandkr '93PhD/E is the 
director of the RehabiUiaiion Services 
Program at Thomas College. She livo 
in Thomasville, GA. 

David "Sungf Qiung 
'95BA/H86 is an attome>- with 
Baker & Hosteller. He is also the 
executive secretary of the League 
of Korean Americans. He lives in 
Springfield, \'.'\- 

Jannon (Higgins) Coley '95BS/E 
earned a master s degree in Parks, 
Recreation and Tourism Manage- 

In Memory 

"So, what's the problem?" 

Dr. Howard McCoy Sr. '75BS/B '80MEd, died of a heart attack 
on March 1, at 50. The fashion merchandising professor helped 
establish the School of Business' Minorit)' CEO Diimer Prograir. 
which brings executives to campus to meet students and open 
doors for future business leaders. The program will be renamed 
after McCoy, and the Marketing-Business Law Department lias 
estabhshed a 520,000 endowment for a scholarship in his honor. 

McCoy always encouraged students to seek corporate 
mentors and to be aggressive in a search for intemsJiips. "He 
truly loved his students," says Christina Lindholm, chair of the Fashion Design 
and Merchandising Department "He would never say 'I'm bus)', come back 
later.' It was always 'Come in and tell me what the problem is. '" 

He founded McCoy & Associates, a business consulting firm, and recendy 
earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He s-tarted teaching at VCU in 1988, and 
in 1994, he was named the Distinguished Professor of the School of Business. 

Life-Long Service 

Dr. Herbert Wills Oglesby's '92PhD/H&S third career brou^t 

him to \'CU, and he sened the pubhc in a \:ariet\- of wav-s during 
his 78 years. The Tennessee nati\'e volunteered for military 
service in 1941 and was a pilot with the .\rmy's 14th Air Force 
based in China where he flew 99 bombing missions, .\fter the 
war, he served in the .\ir Force, attained the rank of colond at 35. 
and earned t\vo Distinguished Fhing Crosses and other honors. 

A medical administrator in the \Trginia Department of 
Health for 1 8 years, Oglesby w^ a vocal ad\Txate for Virginians 
without health insurance. "He ahs^i.-s had a real concern for public wdfare." says 
Jiis daughter, Katherine Oglesby McCar.-. "Helping and sa\ing people came 
from the war into the rest of his fife — he put others before his personal 

For the past ten years, Oglesby taught graduate courses at VCU in heattfa 
administration, criminal justice, political science, and public administratioiL 
A life-long learner himself, Oglesbv was 7 1 when he r«:ei\'ed Jiis VCL' doctorate 
in public administration after many ii'ears of nigjit classes. "His students always 
came first," saw Carrie Weedon of \'CU's Department of Crimmal Justice. "He 
poured Jiimself out to help people — students, staff, faculK. e\"en'ix>d\\" 


F .\ l L 19 9 9 

ment from North Carolina State 
University in December, 1998. She 
is a teacher and Softball coach at 
Bluestone Middle School. Jannon, 
her husband Chad and daughter 
Mackenzie live in South Hill, VA. 

*John "Bill" Crowder '98BGS/ 
NTS is a senior training consultant/ 
manager with Trigon BlueCross 
BlueShield. He lives in Richmond. 

Steven Cullum '95BS/H8tS is a 
zoning inspector with the Hanover 
County Planning Department He 
lives in Richmond. 

Charles Demm '92BA/H&S 
earned a master's degree in Theology 
from Union Theological Seminary 
and Presbyterian School of Christian 
Education on May 30, 1999. He lives 
in Richmond. 

David Denton '97BS/B 
married Jennifer Fanucd '98MT on 
December 19, 1998. He is an inven- 
tory manager for Carmax and she 
is a leasing consultant at Village Green 
of Schaumburg. The couple lives in 
Schaumburg, IL 

Pat (Garrison) Dungan '95BFA is 
assistant curator for the Courthouse 
Galleries of the Portsmouth Museums 
in Portsmouth, VA. She lives with 

her family and "assorted animals" 
in a 100-year-old farmhouse in 
Suffolk, VA. 

Kimberly Eaton '96BS/MC is a 
case manager with Hampton Social 
Services and lives in Hampton, VA. 

Anne Ernst '96BGS/NTS is a 
graduate student in the Literacy and 
Language program at Purdue 
University. She received the Frederick 
N. Andrews Assistantship from the 
Purdue's School of Education. 

Karen (Holley) Faria '98BS/H&S 
is an administrative assistant with 
MCV Physicians. She Hves in 

*Kimberly Forde '97BS/MC is an 
anchor and reporter with WBEN 
Radio. She lives in Buffalo, NY. 

Shannon Fowler '98BFA married 
Michael Kisiel on October 17, 1998. 
She is an artist. The couple lives in 
northern California. 

Karen (Carr) Frank '94MFA is 
programs dirertor for the Craven Arts 
Council and Gallery in New Bern, 
NC, where she lives with her husband 

Courtney Freeman '96BA/A is 
engaged Michael Flynn. She is 
pursuing a master's degree in Arts 

In Memory 

"A Highly Principled Individual" 

Dr. Robert Quarles Marston '47MD, who died this spring at 76, 
was director of the National Institutes of Health from 1968-73. 
At that time, NIH scientists struggled with politicians over the 
direction of research. Like other SJIH researchers, Marston 
believed that basic scientific investigation rather than narrow 
applied research was the best use of NIH talent and funding. He 
clashed with President Richard Nbion's politically motivated, 
costly and fiilltime "war on cancer," and left NIH early in 1972 
when Nixon asked all NIH leaders to resign. 
At VCU, "he was very highly regarded; he was a highly principled individ- 
ual," remembers Dr. R. B. Young, former assistant dean of medicine. Dr. G. 
Watson James III, professor emeritus of medicine, aedits Marston with "getting 
cutting edge research in infectious diseases going" at the School. Marston was 
associate professor of medicine and assistant dean of student affairs. 

After graduation from MCV, Marston attended Oxford University as a 
Rhodes Scholar. He served with the Army at NIH where he conducted research 
on infection after whole-body radiation. As dean of the University of Mississippi 
School of Medicine and Medical Center director in the early 1960s, Marston 
eased the integration of the School and welcomed its first African-American 
faculty. He also oversaw the integration of the med center's hospital and later 
became vice chancellor of the University. From 1974-84 he was president of the 
University of Florida, which grew into one of the nation's ten largest universities 
under his leadership. 

Assembling the Cast 

Stanley Soble '62BA/A, casting director of the Mark Taper 
Forum in Los Angles since 1988, died from complications 
following surgery on July 8, at 59. 

Soble was considered the leading casting director in Los 
Angeles theater. "He was the best ... He had a sharp eye," 
according to Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson. 

Soble grew up in Richmond and started his career as a 
student in RPI's Theatre Department He went to New York and 
appeared in off-Broadway productions and in the national 
touring company of Fiddler on the Roof. Soble became an agent which led to a 
job as casting director for the soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1978. A 
member of the Board of Directors of the Casting Society of America, he received 
five nominations for the Society's top honor, the Arios Award, and won it for his 
casting ofAngek in America. 

Administration. They plan an 
October 1999 wedding. 

Luke Funk '90BS/MC is executive 
producer at WFXT in Boston, MA. 
He lives in Quincy, MA. 

James Gleason '95MM/A is a 
music teacher and chorus director at 
Arm G. McGuinness School He lives 
in Apalachin, NY. 

Trade Marie Gorkiewicz '94BFA 
is a special education teacher with 
Fredericksburg City Schools. She is 
engaged to be married to John Agee 
in May 2000. The couple lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. 

Michael Grant '92BS/E is a pro- 
fessional golfer and an assistant at 
Boonsboro Country Club. His vnfe 
Erin Moldenhauer '93BFA is an 
assistant manager with Eddie Bauer. 
They live in Bedford, VA. 

Robert Greene '91BS/B is a 
manager of Arthur Andersen Business 
Consulting. He lives in Leesburg, VA. 

Juan Carlos Gutierrez '94BS/MC 
is an art director for Young 8< 
Rubicam, New York Advertising. He 
lives in New York City. 

*Marcus Hamaker '92BS/MC 
married Susan McCormac on 
September 26, 1998. He is a post pro- 
duction editor for WBZ-TV in 
Boston, MA. They live in Medford, 

Donwan Harrell '92BFA is a 
fesJiion designer and owner of 
Akademiks, a jeans-wear company. 
VCU's fashion department chair- 
woman Christina Lindholm calls him 
"a hot young designer. . .and one of 
our most illustrious graduates." He 
lives in New York City. 

*Edith Rebecca HarreU'91BS/B 
married Mark Blackwell '99MBA in 
October 1996. The couple celebrated 
the birth of their first child, MacLean 
Binford, on January 23, 1998. Rebecca 
is a sales manager with First Union 
where she has worked for six years. 
Mark works in the IT division of 
Capital One. They live in Richmond. 

Mark Harris '92BS/B is an alloca- 
tion specialist with First Data 
Corporation. He lives in Richmond. 

Rodney Hathaway '96BS/H86 is 
a regional planner with the Middle 
Peninsula Planning District 
Conrniission. He earned a master's 
degree in urban studies from Old 
Dominion University in December 
1998. He lives in Quinton, VA. 

*Aimee Hay '96BFA graduated 
from the Washington College of Law 
at American University in May 1999. 
She lives in Washington, DC. 

Sheryl (MiUer) Hosey '92BFA/A 
'97MA/H8jS is the editorial services 
administrator with Menisciis Limited. 
She lives in Perkiomenville, PA. 

*Kausar Jalal '96BFA is a design 
associate with Aima Kenedi Design, 
Inc. She and her husband Umar Khan 
live in Novi, MI. 

Jarl Jackson '94BGS/NTS is 
working on a master's degree in 

history from the University of West 
Florida at Pensacola. He plans to 
return to Virginia after graduation 
and pursue a career in public history. 
He lives in Pensacola, FL. 

Brittany (Drewes) Jensen 
'98BS/MC is an account executive 
with Sterling Hager, Inc. She lives in 
Brighton, MA. 

Joanne Jensen '96BA '98MA/ 
H8cS is an assistant director of 
Undergraduate Admissions at VCU. 
She lives in Richmond. 

Rendell Jones '94BS/B is a budget 
analyst with the U.S. Department of 
Justice. He lives in Silver Spring, MD. 

Anne (West) Keeler '98MEd is a 
pediatric nutrition specialist at MCV. 
She hves in Richmond. 

Janet (Brown) Kehoe '96BS/E is 
the web academy coordinator with 
Cumberland County Schools. Janet, 
her husband Henry and their 
children, Erin and Dennis, live in 

Margaret Klayton-Mi '94PhD/B 
is an associate professor of business 
administration at Mary Washington 
College. She hves in Fredericksburg, 

Christine Kohut '91BS/B is an 
analyst for Parata. She lives in 

Christopher Lavender '98BS/B is 
a marketing assistant with AMF 
BowUng, Inc. He lives in Richmond. 

Karin Lee '95BS/H8tS is a family 
medicine resident with Saint Marks 
Family Practice. She lives in Salt Lake 

♦Brian Littman '96MEd is a 
teacher at Pocahontas Middle School. 
He lives in Richmond. 

Robin (Daly) Long '90BFA is an 
artist and art teacher. She lives in 
Belmont, CA. 

John W. Marshall '94C(Admin 
Justice)/H8cS was nominated by 
President Clinton to be Director of 
the United States Marshals Service at 
the Department of Justice, the oldest 
law enforcement agency in the U.S., a 
hnk between the executive and 
judicial branches of government since 
1789. Marshall was U.S. Marshal for 
the Eastern District of Virginia since 
1994 and an on-site commander for 
the Service's 150 personnel in St 
Thomas, Virgin Islands in the after- 
math of Hurricane Marilyn. 

Kay Mattox '96BS/H8cS is die 
student employment coordinator at 
Randolph-Macon College. She lives in 
Powhatan, VA. 

joined the team at Beatiey Gravitt 
Communications, a Richmond 
design firm whose clients include 
several Fortune 500 companies. 
She is also the designer for Scarab, 
VCU's magazine for alumni of its 
MCV Campus. 

Michael Muir '94BS/E is an 
athletic trainer with Healthsouth 
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. 
He lives in Billings, MT. 



Congressman Norman Sisisky '49BS/B 


ll's been a tough year on Capitol Hill 
for Congressman Norman Sisisky and 
his fellow lawmakers. The Clinton 
impeachment, crisis in Kosovo, spec- 
ulations about intense C'hinese espi- 
onage, the massacre at Columbine 
High School in Colorado all have 
taken their toll on the nation's leaders. 

While they have struggled to find solutions, headlines have depided a nation, 
poised to enter the next millennium, at a crossroads. Sisisky helps determine the 
course of this nation — from military strength to Medicaid funding — always 
remembering his Virginia constituents who have kept him in office since 1982. 

Sisisky, a Democrat who represents Virginia's fourth district, ultimately has 
faith that Americans will steer the nation across the century mark to meet the 
challenges ahead. "I'm not worried about the country," he once told reporters 
during the impeachment hearings. "The country will heal." As growing popula- 
tions and new industries demand more and more from communities across the 
nation, Sisisky warns that growth in the new millennium must be supported and 
resources closely managed. "The greatest challenge for Virginia is keeping its rate 
of growth without failing to upgrade infrastructure," he says. "We must ensure 
that our systems are sufficient to meet the demands of the coming years." 

A champion of small business, Sisisky knows firsthand the struggles of entre- 
preneurs and small business owners. His legislation has reduced the amoimt of 
paperwork federal agencies can require of small businesses, and has inaeased 
export opportunities. Sisisky also knows the rewards and the potential of small 
business. He put his bachelor's degree in business administration to the test 
when he transformed a small Pepsi bottling company into a highly successfiol 
soft drink distributor in southern Virginia. 

Sisisky worked hard to achieve this success. After serving in the Navy during 
World War II, Sisisky attended RPl on the GI Bill and lived off campus. He was 
even further isolated from campus life because he worked nights to pay his living 
expenses. His experience was typical of post-war RPI students; the urban univer- 
sity's flexible course scheduling allowed older students to pursue degrees while 
working full or part-time. RPI started the VCU tradition of offering day, 
evening, and weekend courses to accommodate students with a variety of educa- 
tion and work experiences. 

Sisisky proudly aedits the university with preparing him for a business 
career, and for laying the foundation of his pofitical career, which began in 1973 
in the Virginia General Assembly. "VCU has demonstrated its commitment to 
community — to its students, to the city of Richmond, to the Commonwealth of 
Virginia," he says. "It is that commitment to community which helped foster my 
sense of pubhc service." 

Sisisky, who voted to expand the congressional probe into the Monica 
Lewinsky affair but against impeaching the president, votes for his constituents, 
not for his party. "I only took one oath," Sisisky says, "to support the 
Constitution of the United States." 

Sisisky's diverse district extends from Hampton Roads to Petersburg, where 
he and his wife Rhoda make their home. Representing citizens who range from 
defense workers and military personnel to watermen and small farmers, Sisisky's 
is not an easy task. But the veteran Congressman, who ran unopposed in the last 
election, has successfully represented his constituents' varied interests tor nine 
terms. Legislation he has recently sponsored or supported has preserved Virginia 

waterways, restricted the 
importation of trash into the 
(>)mmonwc-alth, and brought 
thousands of defense jobs to 
the Hampton Roads area. 

"The U.S. must remain 
vigilant in our efforts to protect 
ourselves in an increasingly 
hostile world," says die World 
War II veteran, who grew up in 
Richmond during the Great 
Depression. "We must depend 
on our military and our intelligence community to protea us not just from the 
threat of nuclear war, but from terrorism, including chemical and biological 
warfare, and computer terrorism." A senior member of the influential House 
Committee on Armed Services, and a recent appointee to the House Commina 
on Intelligence, Sisisky is recognized by both parties for his leadership roles on 
national security fronts. His commitment to balancing defense needs with fiscal 
responsibility led him to propose legislation to diversify the defense industry. 
And he's also been able to preserve Virginia's military facilities. 

A stepped-up vigilance of pohtical campaigns is something else he hopes to 
see in the new century. "We must change the way campaigns are conducted," 
says Sisisky, a self-made millionaire who donates his congressional salary to 
charity. "If we fail to do so, we may reach a day where only the ver)' wealthy and 
the very connected will have any chance of being elected to office. Thai's not one 
of the principles upon which this nation was founded" 

Above all else, Sisisky is a survivor. Four years ago, when a routine soeening 
diagnosed the congressman with colorectal cancer, he made two commitinents 
which culminated in his proudest congressional achievement "The first com- 
mitment 1 made was to myself and my famiK' that I would do whatever 1 could 
to beat this disease," he says. "I was determined not to let cancer beat me. The 
second commitment I made was that, as a member of Congress, I would do 
whatever I could to help people beat this disease." 

Sisisky kept both promises. "Too many people were needlessh" at risk, simply 
because they couldn't afford to pay for routine testing," sail's Sisiskii*. who is now 
cancer-free. "I, and many others, thought that was unacceptable." He sponsored 
legislation requiring Medicare to provide preventative screening for colorectal 
prostate, breast, and cervical cancers. In a bipartisan success storv'. Congress 
passed his bill in 1997. "I have no doubts that this legislation will be responsiUe 
for saving tens of thousands of lives," he saw. 

Not a bad way for a Congressman to enter the new miHennnim. 

Amy Ruth has a master's degree in journalism from the University of 
Iowa and has published three children's books. 



Life-long learners, take note. The second session 
of Commonwealth Society classes is October 18- 
November 19. Explore religious issues with Rabbi 
Jack Spiro. Make your own picks for the person of the 
century with historian Dr. Mike Messmer. Learn 
Spanish ortai-chi. Study and learn about Costa Rica 
this fall— and then go there March 2-1 1 . And more. 

Basic membership in the Society is S25; each 
course is only an additional $25. For a schedule, 
email: or call 1804) 828-1831. 


Quynh Nfham '98BS/B is a tech- 
nical staff member with Performance 
Engineering Corporation. He lives in 
Fairfax, VA. 

Stephen Owens '93BS/H&S 
earned a MS degree in biology from 
Tennessee Technological University. 
He is a marine scientist with the 
Virginia Institute of Marine Science 
working on the luvenile Finfish 
Assessment Program. He and his wife 
Robin live in Gloucester, VA. 

Lisa Michelle Pagano '98MSW is 
a special education teacher with 
Ainherst County Schools. She lives in 
McLean, VA. 

Christine (Stefanowicz) Perkins 
'90BS/H&S '93MSW is a medical 
social worker at Lutheran General 
Hospital. She lives in Chicago. 

Matthew Rankin '94BS/MC is the 

communications and marketing 
manager for the Council of Landscape 
Architectural Registration Boards. He 
lives in Burke, VA. 

Amy Nicole Robertson '97BSW 
is the volimteer coordinator for the 
Court Appointed Special Advocates 
program in Hanover County, VA. She 
lives in Richmond. 

Thorn "Flash" Stanton 
'90BGS/NTS, flanked by a boat of 
Guinness Book of World Records offi- 
cials, swam 7.7 miles up the James 
River from Mayo Island to Huguenot 
Woods. In a low river, his Jime 5 
"swim" included wading in shallows 
and diving under rapids to claw his 
way along river bottom rocks. "It's 
like flying under water. It's like 

In Memory 

"Find Yourself" 

Dr. Lionel Charles Lane, professor emeritus of the School of 
Social Work, died on February 8, from complications of a heart 
condition. "Find yourself as a helping person," was his advice to 
students, says his wife, Anne Lane. She continues that his ideal 
was to "help the client or student, not by giving advice but by 
helping them to learn more about themselves, what they coidd 
do to change their lives if they wanted to have more meaning 
in existence." He focused on the real. "No one I know resisted 
jargon more than Lionel," adds VCU English professor 

Barbara Felton. 

A translator diuing Worid War D, Lane worked in the New York 

Department of Public Welfare and directed family coimseling agencies before 

coming here in 1966. At VCU, he coordinated the social work sequence on 

human behavior and social environment and retired in 1979. 

Lane's expansive vision drew strongly from music and literature, and the 

Richmond Chamber Players dedicated their August 15 performance to him. 

Felton commented that "Lionel could talk about musical themes as if each . . . 

was a character in a novel written for all of us." He was a generous man who 

will be missed and remembered. 

"He 'made circumstances happen.'" 

Scots-bom Kenneth Campbell came to VCU in 1970 to head 
VCU's Theatre Department. As a teacher and director, he 
inspired generations of alumni actors and dfrectors. "He was a 
brilliant artist, brilliant at casting, at aeating stage pictures and 
studying life," says Dawn Westbrook '85BFA He was scheduled 
to teach and to direct this year, when he died of complications 
from cancer on August 20, at 69. 

Westbrook continues, "Kenneth was kind." And effective. 
"He got in there and made the 'circumstances happen.' As 
ethereal as he may have seemed, he was quite the opposite really." 

As chair, Campbell oversaw the building of VCU's Performing Arts Center 
and its Raymond Hodges Theatre. He collaborated locally with groups like Blue 
Ridge Theatre Festival. He involved young VCU actors, directors and play- 
wrights in exchanges with their peers in the U.S. and Eastern Europe. 

Playvmght Adam Nixon '97MFA calls Campbell "my artistic godfather." 
Campbell's pressure to have Nixon's Aspirin for the Masses for a festival in 
Romania captapulted him past a writer's block the size of Sibiu. 

When Westbrook took up the challenge of a one-woman show, "there was 
only one director I would work with, and that was Dr. C." Westbrook's Zelda, 
the Last Flapper played successfully in the U.S. and traveled to festivals in 
Budapest and Sibiu. 

"Kenneth liked to see what metal people were made of," Westbrook 
comments. Speaking for many alumni and colleagues, she says, "He had a heart 
of gold and a spirit that (as George Bernard Shaw said) 'made circumstances 
happen.' I will miss him terribly." 

The Theatre Department is establishing a theater library in the Shafer Street 
Playhouse Seminar Room for students and alumni, with Campbell's own library 
as the base. 

holding on to a jet at 300 miles per 
hour," says Flash. And yep, he made 
the book. 

Carla (Sturzenbecher) Rogers 
'90BS/MC married William Rogers 
'90BFA. Carla is a senior project 
manager with The Martin Agency 
where she works on the Saab Global 
advertising account The couple and 
their two children live in Glen Allen, 

*Kimberly Rorrer '97MAyA is the 
director of development for Very 
Special Arts Virginia. She lives in 

Amy (Twiford) Rose '90BS/H&S 
is a surgeon and research fellow at 
UCLA. She lives in Los Angles. 

Ivy (Todd) Sager'92BSW 
'93MSW is die director of the 
Hanover County Department of 
Commimity Resources. Ivy, her 
husband Greg, and their daughter 
Anna live in Mechanicsville, VA. 

marketer vnth RGS Title who "loves 
his new career." 

■TTiomas Sheets '95BS/B is an 
accounting/operations manager 
with Net 30, Inc. He lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Randolph Shelton '92MBA is 
senior vice president of Consolidated 
Bank & Trust Company. He and his 
wife Rebecca (Toler) Shelton 

Stefon Shorts '92BS/H8cS works 
in education in Silver Spring, MD, 
where he lives with his wife Lynnette 
(Hatcher) Shorts '87BS/H&S. 

Kristen Smith '94MS/E is a 
clinical exercise physiologist at the 
Cleveland Clinic Florida. She lives in 
Aventiu'a, FL. 

Mary Beth (Abemathy) Stout 
'95MT teaches third grade at C. C. 
Wells Elementary School in Chester, 
VA. She and her husband AUen cele- 
brated the birth of their daughter, 
Caitlin, on March 18, 1999. Their son 
Brandon was 3 in May. They live in 
McKenney, VA. 

Beverly Tate '91MURP is super- 
visor of planning for Loudoun 
County Public Schools. She lives in 
Aldie, VA. 

Angela (Harris) Taylor 
'97BA/H86 married Everett Taylor in 
April 1998. The Taylors live in 

Tina Tmner '93BS/B is a network 
engineer vrith AT8fT. She lives in 
Silver Spring, MD. 

David Van Gelder '93C/H8;S 
'96MPA/B is director of public utili- 
ties for Winchester, VA. 

Twanda Vaughn '96BS/B is assis- 
tant vice president at Eastern 
Operations Center Inc., a subsidiary 
of First Virginia Banks Inc. She lives 
in Richmond. 

Benjamin Vega III '95BS/MC is 
an art director with Hoffrnan York, a 
Milwaukee-based advertising agency. 

Aimee Walters '95BFA '95MBA 

is now marketing coordinator for 
Richmond Goodwill Industries. She 
had worked in marketing for 
Paramount's Kings Dominion. 

David WiUiams '96BS/B is an 
assistant financial consultant with 
Wheat First Union. He lives in 
Washington, DC. 

Daniel Wilson '98BM married 
Catherine (Wilson) Wilson 
'98BS(CLS)/AH on November 7, 

1998. Daniel works for UUNET 
Technologies and Catherine works for 
SITEK Corporation. The couple lives 
in Rockville, MD. 

Geshla (White) Windley 
'94BS/H&S married Darius Windley 
on December 26, 1998. She is a coun- 
selor at Himtington Middle School 
They live in Hampton, VA. 

Jason Winebarger '92BPA first 
painted himself into a comer between 
waitshifts, and a mural for El Rio 
Grande restaurant near campus 
became his calling card for other 
work, like a 1,000-foot mural of 
Richmond's cityscape at the Virginia 
Fire and Police Museum. Jason's 
mainstay is painting sets for local 
theater companies — his seven-foot- 
tall "Rocky" (the Lmage of star Larry 
Cook '87BFA) drew crowds to 
Barksdale's Rocky Horror Picture 
Show. He plans to take his act on the 
road, to do sets and murals in New 
York City. "I still live in fear of being a 
starving artist," says Winebarger. "I 
guess that's why I work so hard." 
(And for restaurants.) 

Zhiwei Zhang '94MS/H8cS 
earned his PhD in sociology from 
Virginia Tech in May 1999. He is a 
research scientist with the DC office 
of the National Opinion Research 
Center. Zhiwei, his vrife Mei and their 
daughters, Jenny and Olivia, live in 
Fairfax, VA. 

1 930s 

Catherine (Folkes) Baker 

'37/H8{S December 24, 1998. She was 
an active member of Saint Thomas 
Episcopal Church. 

1 940s 

Bennie Dunkum '49BS/B luly 2, 

1999, at 78. He was a general practice 
lawyer in Richmond for 35 years. He 
was a member of the Henrico County 
Bar Association and commissioner in 
chancery for Chesterfield County. He 
was past president of the VCU School 
of Business Alumni Board and the 
Glen Allen Kiwanis Club, and past 
chair of the Chesterfield Demoaatic 
Committee. He also served on the 
Board of Directors of the Chesterfield 
Department of Social Services. 



Lorraine (Snyder) Lemastcr 

'49C/N April 24, 

Mary Kibble '41MSW April 17, 
1 999, .11 94. 

Mary Josephine (Stahi) Southall 

'40BS/E|aruiary27, I999,at79, 

1 950s 

Wong Lam Ari('55BS/B, 

Dorothy (Simpson) Bonyata 

Robert Boyd Jr. '50BS/B. 

Jane (Alexander) Cooper 

SJiirley Ann Dreyer '55BFA 
August 16, 1998. She was an interior 
designer and left a bequest to VCU's 
Department of Interior Design. 

Francis Edens Jr. '59BS/MC. 

William Fones '59BS/B. He was 
active for several years as a VCU 
alumnus, including service on the 
School of Business Alumni Board. 

Albert Goldstein '50BS/H&S 
'52MSW November 15,1998, in 
Woodland Hills, CA. He was a 
captain in World War II and served 
with Patton's army in Europe. He was 
a charter member of the National 
Association of Social Workers. In 
1 982, he received the first Social 
Worker of the Year award from the 
Society for Clinical Social Work. 

Binford Graham '53BS/E. 

Grover "Buddy" Cleveland 
Hailey III '59BFA May 16, 1999. He 
was an artist, photographer, and 

Donald Wayne Hirschenburg 
'59BS/E November 18, 1998, at 61. 
He was a teacher and assistant football 
and basketball coach at Huguenot 
High School in Richmond for five 
years. He was the assistant principal at 
Gloucester High School from 1971- 
1973 and principal of Gloucester 
Intermediate School from 1973-1976. 
He returned to Gloucester High 
School as principal for the following 
ten years, then became administrative 
assistant for Poquoson schools. He 
retired from this position in 1997. 

Kathleen Carolyn "IQtty" Liles 
'55BSW October 1998, in Richmond, 
VA, at 75. She was Bon Air Learning 
Center's first caseworker in 1967 and 
retired as its director in 1988. Her 
sister-in-law says, "She had a mar- 
velous feeling for people and could 
really reach out to people so easily 
and well." 

Audrey (Frazier) Millner '56BS/B 
March 28, 1999. She retired from the 
Pittsylvania Economic Development 
Organization in December 1998 after 
serving as executive director for 15 
years. She taught distributive educa- 
tion in three Virginia counties before 
joining the Pittsylvania County 
School System in 1967, where she 
started an adult education program. 
She was a member of the Board of 
Directors of Hughes Memorial Home 
and the Danville Museum of Fine 
Arts and History. 

Barbara (Keesee) Nelson 

Doris Rose '5 1C'58BS/N 


l-aye (Ligon) Thompson '58BS/N 

Linwood Toombs '54BS/B. 

Alice (Tennis) Williams '55BSW 
'57MSW March 31,1 999. She was a 
retired Protective Services Supervisor 
with the Richmond Department of 
Social Services. 

1 960s 

Robert Graham Blue '69AS/En 

December 17, 1998, at 49. 

Robert Gihnore'66BS/MC. 

Richard Lee Hillman '68BFA. 

Mary (Smucker) Hulbert 
'64MSW October 27, 1998, in 
Richmond. She had a passion for 
music which led her to become a 
leader in the international revival of 
sacred harp music or "shaped-note" 
singing. She was a founding member 
of the Richmond Sacred Harp Singers 
and played piano, dulcimer, recorder 
and guitar. Mary was an assistant pro- 
fessor in the Department of 
Psychiatry for several years. She 
retired from private practice in 1991. 

Hilda Ann (Croxton) Marston 

Roberta (Earley) Telfair '68MSW 
November 7, 1998, in Richmond. She 
retired in 1 99 1 after thirty years as a 
social work program director. She was 
a founding member of the local 
Association of Black Social Workers, 
treasurer of the Urban League Gudld, 
and a member of the Child Welfare 
League of America. 

Betty (Kelly) Thompson '67BS/E 
74MEd April 22, 1999, at 70. 

1 970s 

William "Bill" Raynor Copeland 

December 24, 1998. He was an 
alcohol and drug counselor with 
various health care agencies on the 
Virginia Peninsula. 

I^lizabeth "Libby" Garrison 
'73BSW March 28, 1999, at 71. She 
was a retired Clarke County School 
System social worker. 

G.E. Garrison '74BFA. 

Jean (Lovelace) Gwathmey 
'75MEd March 6, 1999, at 74. She was 
the first woman deacon in the 200 
year histor)' of the Bruington Baptist 
Church. She was a retired West Point 
School Di\ision teacher. 

Deborah Susan Harris '77BS/E. 

Christine (Beer) Henss 
'76MS(RC)/AH December 21, 1998. 

Diane Joyce Hemdon 73BS/MC 
March 8, 1999, at 47. She was a pho- 
tographer and wTiter who won 
numerous awards from the Virginia 
Press Women's Association, \'irginia 
Press Association, and National Press 
Women's Association. 

Roger Wclton Huffman '73BS/B 
April 24, 1998. He was the president 
and owner of 'l"hc Hfxjr Shop of 
Boone, Inc., a residential and ajm- 
mcrcial floor wvcring mmpany he 
founded in 1977. 

W. Martin Hughes '70BM July 2, 
1999, at 73. 

Nancy Lee '72MEd August 20, 
1998, at 55. 

Barbara McGhee '72BS/H8cS 
June 25, 1999, at 50. She was a public 
affairs officer for the Social Security 
Administration in Richmond. 

Michael Patrick McSweeney 
'76BFA April 2, 1999, in Powhatan, 
VA. He received a fellowship and an 
MFA from Notre Dame University in 
South Bend, Indiana. His paintings 
are rooted in abstraa expressionism 
and formal twentieth-century tradi- 
tion and are featured in numerous 
collections and shows in Indiana, 
New York, North Carolina, Vermont 
Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

CabeU Porter Mills Jr. '70BS/B 
December 20, 1998, m Avon, NC, at 
54. He was a retired executive in the 
computer business. 


J. Thomas Wadkins III '70BS/B 
January' 25, 1999. 

Marilyn (Barbour) Washington 
'78BS/E September 10, 1998, at 43. 


R/ibert fiarmtr •83BVH&S 

Kkhard "Rick" Gomc% 111 
'88BS/E May 15, 1999. He wa» a 
teacher, mach and athletic director in 
Richmond for many year*. 

Diane (Emt») Karim '83(7B 
.March 9, 1999. 

Mary (Stevem) Evans '84BS/MC 
October 29, 1998, in Henrico County. 
She was a vpokcswoman for the 
Virginia State Police iince 1987. 
Before that, she wrote and edited for 
several publications, including The 
Catholic Virginian, .Metropolitan 
Woman, Richmond Magazine and 
Styk Weekly. 

James Greene '83BFA 
April 28, 1993. 

Sandra .McPherson '84MS/E 
February' 15, 1995. 

Mark Steven Sdiriver '86.S1BA 
Julv 1, 1998. 

Ami Tyler Settle '87BS/MC 
December 2 1 , 1 998, at 33. She A-as a 
writer and editor at the Daii)- Achxmce 
in Elizabeth Cit>', NC. She had also 
worked as a reporter for four yean at 
the Post Journal in JamestowTi, NY. 

Scott Sika'88BGS/NTS 
December 1, 1995. 

Karen Ann Tdler '80BS/E 
December 1, 1995. 

In Memory 

Paying Attention 

lewett Campbell was a man who paid attention — something 
artists and mystics can teach the rest of us. "Jewett was aiwsys 
noticing the most extraordinary things," saw colleague Ridiarc 
Carlyon. When an artist vie\vs the world, Campbell said, "iusl 
walking down the street you see patterns and structure e%er.'- 
where." A cornerstone of RPIA'CU's School of the Ans from 
1 948-82 and someone who brought contemporars' art to 
Richmond, Campbell died on luly 25 after a long illness, at 86. 

"He taught me what it meant to live the life of an artist," sa>-5 
Douglas Higgjns '74BFA '88MFA/A, for whom Campbell's comprehensive 
"immersion in anything creative " — E1\ts, centuries of art history, Xisvd, saence 
fiction, connections with arts communities up and down the East Coast — was a 
revelation. "His whole house," rich with books and art, his own and his ftietxis', 
"was a life force." 

Painter Donald Alberti '75-78/A remembers Je%sett as "a major component 
of that magical moment in the \'CU experience" when Campbdl and other 
e.xtraordLnar\' teachers taught not only in the studio, but opening their Irv^s. at 
dinners and rock and roll parties. 'He was another answer in diat group," 
Alberti continues. "He was never interested in cynicism. It was a kinder place 
then," he adds. 

Colleague Richard Carhon w^ amazed at Campbell's patioKe. 'He coukl 
get these students back on their own centers. I don't know a singje student wiw 
ever imitated him." Campbell himself observed, "Each student mi^t hsK a 
different direction; all of these were perfectly \-alid." In faa. in a catalcK; tor 
a lite retrospecTive at the .\nderson Gallery- in 1985, Campbell put \'CL' students 
on a fist of influences which included the sea, Beetho\Ten, and his home town 

.% an artist, Campbell's style begins in realism. wT)rking through '50s 
abstraction, geometric abstracts and surrealism — ahs-ay^s origjnaL His shows 
hung in venues including the Corcoran and the National GaDery. The Museum 
of Nlodem .\n bought twx) of his paintings. VCU aw^arded him thePiesklaitial 
Medallion in 1987.' 

In 1985 Campbell's students exhibited their wTirk in tribute at 1708 GaDery. 
.\lberti wTote then, "His authentic \ision, his knowledge, and his lifeking com- 
mitment to the principle that all painting is abstrart translates to us as a feeb^ 
that in spite of life's absurdities, there is underhins order and relation." 


FALL 1999 

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Sherry Walker '87BS/B June 23, 
1999, at 33. 

1 990s 

Nancy (Hendrick) Atkinson 
'91BS/E January 18, 1999, at 51. 

Shana Margaret Beime 

Martha (Glovier) Clark 
'92BS/H&S April 18, 1999, at 36. She 
was a physical therapist with VCU's 
MCV Hospitals. She was a member of 
Bottoms Up Divers Inc. and the 
American Physical Therapy 

Shirley Lee Cook '96MT March 
7, 1999. She was a teacher at 
Meadowbrook High School. She 
began her college career at RPI in 
1967, but stopped taking courses to 
pursue a career in computers. In 
1991, she applied to VCU to follow 
her dream of becoming an English 

Lori Ann Fogleman '94MT July 
20, 1998, at 32. She was a teacher at 
Woolridge Elementary School and a 
member of Alpha Sigma Alpha 

Kimberly Anne Franklin '9 1 BFA 
March 11, 1999, in Montgomery, AL. 

Robert Scott Hanback 

Mary Marguerite (Hays) Miller 
'90MEd October 8, 1998, in 
Goochland County, VA, at 49. She 
was a faculty member at Saint 
Catherine's School for 28 years. 

Katherine Gray Poulson '93MT 
April 16, 1999. 

Jennifer Fay Tumage '92MSW 
May 10, 1999. 

Bruce Calvin Wells Jr. 
'98BGS/NTS April 23, 1999, at 69. He 
was senior vice president of sales with 
Wheat First Union. He was a captain 
in the U.S. Army, 80di Division. In 
1972-73, he chaired the board of the 
YMCA and was instrumental in 
building the Tuckahoe YMCA. 

Friends of VCU 

Emma Lou Brown April 3, 1999, 
at 57. She taught on both VCU 
campuses. She developed the Geron- 
tology Department curriculum and 
taught in the Department Emma 
was also a licensed contractor who 
foimded her own construction 
company of an all- woman staff 
specializing in home renovations 
and restorations. 

Inez (Alley) Caudill November 9, 
1998. She taught in Henrico County 
schools for 17 years. She established 
the Inez A. Caudill Professorship for 
Biomedical Engineering at VCU's 
School of Engineering. 

Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni arc idcnlificd by year 

A Arts 
AH Allied Health Professions 

(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

NTS Nontraditional Studies/ 
University Outreach 

P Pharmacy 

SW Social Work 


AS Associate's Degree 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 

BSW.MSW Bachelor, Master of Social 

BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of 

Music, Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

MAE Masterof Art Education 
MBA Masterof Business 

MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA.DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

MT Five-year Teacher Education 

program includes a BA or BS/H&S 

and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional 

PhD Doctor of Philosophy 


Joined February 8 - August 16, 1 999 

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Laguta Affeldt 

Ms. Cynthia A. Gettsy 

Ml. Joan B. Mercuri 

Ms. Michelle I.. Andryshak 

Mr. Ernest L. Giddings 

Mr. Rusjdl W. Morton 

Ms. Sylvia M. Asten 

Mr. William J. M. Gilfoyle 

Mr. Robert C. SevilJe 

Mrs. Mary K. (Mutchler) Banavige 

Ms. Maria G. Givens 

Mrs. Susan K. Newman 

Mrs. Margaret Page Bemiss 

Ms. Patricia J. Good 

Dr. Judith .M. O'Donnefl 

Dr. David P. Beverly 

Mrs. Charlesana (Ujgan; GosH-tt 

Ms. .Margaret A. Overton 

Mrs. Sally (Woodford) Beverly 

Mr. Robert A. Gossett Jr. 

Mr. Arthur I. Palmer III 

Ms. F.lizabcth R. Blodgett 

Mr. William A. Gravett 

Mr. Timothy C. Parker 

Ms. Mary L Boone 

Dr. Mary E. Graybeal 

Mr. Terry E. Parse!) 

Mrs. JoAnne (Tucker) Bosher 

Mr. J. Michael Grubbs 

Mrs. Lois (Pearson) Peck 

Dr. William C. Bosher Jr. 

Mr. William T. Guthrow 

Ms. Adrienne (TejlerJ PUot 

Mr. Kevin B. Bradley 

Ms. Gratia W. Hamilton 

Mrs. Barbara (Cox) Polen 

Ms. Maiy Kathryn Brawner 

Mrs. Mary Stevens Harrison 

.Mrs. Ellen fSperbcr) Pruett 

Mr. William T. Brennan 

Mrs. Judith L. Harvey 

.Mr. John R. Quinley 

Dr. Sharon L. Bryant 

Mr. Dennis W. Hedgepeth 

Dr. Deborah (Capasso) Richardson 

Mr. L. Dans Callans Jr. 

Mrs. Doris E. Hellams 

Mr. Gilbert L Roberts Jr. 

Mr. Donald F. Caskie 

Ms. Stephanie L. Holt 

Mrs. Lora Roberts 

Ms. Meredith Klees Caskie 

Mr. Jeff P. Hudson 

Mrs. Kimberly (Puryear) Robertson 

Dr. Shirley K. Chandler 

Mrs. Amy G. Humphreys 

Mr. Timothy W. Robertson 

Mr. Leo Cifers 

Mr. Benjamin R. Humphreys Jr. 

Mr. Leroy B. Roper Jr. 

' Dr. Sarah T. Corley 

Mrs. Diane C. James 

Mr. James R. Rowe 

Mrs. Kay (Smith) Cormier 

Mr. Richard S. Johnson 

Mr. Michael M. Sanson 

Mrs. Bobbie Hall Cox 

Dr. Shirley (Neitch) Kahle 

Ms. Darlene C. Savage 

Dr. Gina (Gibson) Davis 

Ms. Amy A. Krauss 

Mr. Steven S. Sawyer 

Dr. Kenneth E. Davis 

Mrs. Valerie Ann Lane-Sanson 

Dr. Linda K. Seeraan ^^ 

Mr. Joel E. Davison 

Dr. R. H. Langley-Wood 

Ms. Marcia A. Shelton ^^M 

Mr. Steven R. DeLonga 

Mrs. Dorothy Davis LaSerte Lazan 

Ms. Alice R. Sheppard ^H 

Mr. Harvey Perkins Diehr Jr. 

Miss Deborah Smith 

Mr. Gus S. Siokis ^^B 

Mr. Thomas J. Dorsey 

Mr. Harvey G. Lindsay 

Mrs. Frances (Kaste!berg)Smith 

Mr. Edward F. Dutton 

Mr. Earl Locklear 

Dr. K. R. Srinivasan ^^k 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Ford) Dutton 

Mrs. Janet (Hoylman) Locklear 

Dr. Thomas Strentz ^^B 

Dr. Louise H. Einolf 

Ms. Loucinda Long-Inscoe 

Mr. James H. Talbon ^H 

Dr. David L. Ellis 

Mr. E. Gofer Loomer 

Mr. Dana R. Ward ^H 

Mrs. Julia (MarshaU) EUis 

Mrs. Norma (Gilmer) Lynn 

Ms. Kimberh-n Weddington | 

Miss Joan Fain 

Mrs. Deborah (Engelbrecht) 

Mrs. S. Vickie Weitzenhofer ' 

Mr. Joseph K. Feaser 


Ms. Rebecca E. We^-bright ^^ 

Ms. Mary L. Fisher 

Mr. John K. MacLeUan 

Dr. Frank C. Wickers ^H 

Mr. Mark E. Flanary 

Mr. Patrick Keith Mann 

Mr. G. Craig Wingfield ^^H 

Dr. Shirley (Landig) Foutz 

Mrs. Constance (Rollison) McAdam 

Mrs. loan E. Wingfield ^^H 

Mrs. Virginia D. Galli 

Mr. William F. Mcintosh 

Mr. Anthony J. Winstead ^^H 

Mrs. Amy L. Garrison 

Mrs. Margaret ( Zeigler) Meador 

Mrs. Dorothv M. Wizer ^H 

Mr. Kelly S. Garrison 

Mr. Richard L. Meador 

Mr. Brian E. \\'orkman ^^H 


Alumni memorialized their role as the foundation of VCU's future strength 
during a ceremony at the new Alumni House "Gold-and-Black Beam 
Signing" held on April 29. At a reception in the Ginter House (former "Ad" 
Building), Marsha Shuler '74BS '79MA/B recognized the commitment of 
alumni leaders who contributed more than 5500,000 for the initial challenge 
amount of a $3.6 million merit scholarship endowment. Afterwards, alumni 
walked through the brownstone at 924 West Franklin for a final "before" 
look at the building which will become their new campus home, and they 
signed a steel foundation beam which will become a permanent and visible 
part of the building. Prestige Construction Group began restoration work a 
few days after the ceremony and moved the beam off-site until it can be 
installed in the Alumni House foundation. Visitors will see the signatures on 
the beam when the house opens in early 2000. 


when Theresa PoUak, the legendary founder of VCU's 
Art School, turned 100 on Aug. 13, VCU celebrated by 
showering Richmond with 
gifts. The University printed 
3,000 posters of "Maxine," 
a portrait of a student from 
1930, and gave them away in 
30 galleries throughout the 
city. With a lifetime of work 
to choose from, Anderson 
Gallery director Ted Potter 
says, "We decided on a 
painting that showed a 
young artist in full control of 
her process." The process 
continued, and her work 
evolved from the 
representational portrait, 
exploring abstracT form, color and line. 

"It's been a wonderful time growing up in 
Richmond," PoUak said on her birthday. "All the work 
I did was a process of growing up." Her vitality surges 
from the photo of Theresa under full sail in 1937 ("It 
doesn't look a bit posed," she wrote on the back.). She 
foimded not only our art school in 1928, but also the 
University of Richmond's art department. She shared 
the joy and challenge of art with students as a teacher 
until 1968. Her legacy in art has outgrown the Pollak 
Building VCU built to honor her in 1 97 1 , and die new 
Fine Arts Building on Broad Street opened officially 
this September 28. Richmond Mayor Tim Kaine 
declared August 13 Theresa Pollak Day. 

"This is a joyous 
occasion, an occasion that 
celebrates the achievement 
of many people, not just me 
alone," she said, praising 
RPI's founder, Henry Hibbs, 
as "a man of great vision. 
He gave me a perfectly free 
hand to do my job." And 
her "job," her life as artist 
and teacher, has given a 
steady stream of gifts to 
Richmond and to the world. 
Happy Birthday, Theresa. 

Richmond Magazine's second annual Pollak Prizes for 
Excellence in Art this fall included painter Don Crow 
'83BFA/Fine Arts; Professor Emerita and founder of 
VCUs Dance Department Frances Wessels/Dance; VCU 
English professor and poet Greg Donovan/Words; and 
Martin Reamy '98BFA mth the ]a2z Poet Society/Arts 
Innovator Diego Sanchez '88BFA '89MFA won the 
1 998 Fine Arts Prize and judged this year. 



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